Disney's 'Aladdin' remake casts Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine


As expected, Smith is set to give his interpretation of the film's most iconic character, the Genie, brought to life by Robin Williams in the animated film.

Submit your Newswire tips here. He recently landed his first major role in Amazon's forthcoming Jack Ryan TV series. Though there have been rumors about who exactly may appear in Aladdin, it wasn't until the Disney film panel during this year's D23 Expo that the actors playing the main three heroes of the film were confirmed.

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Sherlock Holmes filmmaker Guy Ritchie is directing the film, which Bailey said draws influences for its city of Agrabah will draw from global influences, including the Middle East, India, and even China.

Apparently over 2,000 actors auditioned for the role of Aladdin, with Disney looking at the likes of Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed, before deciding that Massoud was their man.

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The original Aladdin was released in 1992 and it told the story of a the young thief who is granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp - although Jafar, who's evil, wants to become powerful instead. She is repped by WME, United Agents and Echo Lake Entertainment.

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