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Aladdin Live-Action Cast Revealed

16 July 2017

Mena Massoud will play Aladdin in the live-action adaptation.

The casting was announced at Disney's D23 Expo in California on Saturday. Smith will Genie and will be joined by Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and relative newcomer Mena Massoud (Saving Hope) as Aladdin.

It was reported several days ago that Ritchie was struggling to find a lead actor for the film. The studio was said to be looking for an actor of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent in his 20s who can sing and dance, which apparently proved "difficult".

Will Smith completes the main Aladdin movie cast as Genie. The company also confirmed actor Will Smith will play the role of the Genie. In the animated Aladdin, Robin Williams voiced the character and created one of the most famous Disney Animated characters.

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Mena Massoud has been cast as the title role of Aladdin. While Scott has a singing credit to her name for appearing in Disney's teen musical film Lemonade Mouth, no similar information is readily available for Massoud.

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

Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, is producing via his Lin Pictures banner, with Jonathan Eirich acting as executive producer.

Though the role of the villain Jafar has not been cast, shooting for the film is set to begin in August.

Aladdin Live-Action Cast Revealed