Will Smith Confirmed To Play Genie In Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie

After SO MUCH speculation, actor who will play Aladdin in Disney's live action movie has been revealed as Mena Massoud.

Meanwhile, Will Smith will play the role of the Genie and Naomi Scott has nabbed the role of Jasmine in the Guy Ritchie-directed film.

The announcement comes after reports that the film was having a lot of trouble casting its lead role.

Disney made it clear that they were looking for actors who could both sing and act, as the live-action Aladdin movie will be every bit a musical as its animated counterpart. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith's alleged role, E!

So far the young star only has a handful of acting credits, including Jack Ryan, Open Heart, and The 99.


Mena Massoud, an Egyptian-born, Canadian-raised actor, will play Aladdin. It was proving more hard than the studio imagined to find actors of Middle Eastern descent.

Although Disney is still on the hunt to fill the roles of the Jafar, the Sultan, and Iago, filming is set to begin in London in August.

Here's who may replace the legendary Robin Williams in Disney's remake of "Aladdin".

Scott also has an impressive resume, recently starring as Kimberly Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the big-screen "Power Rangers" reboot.

A release date was not announced.


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