Disney’s Aladdin remake finds its leads

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Disney’s Aladdin remake finds its leads

Mena Massoud and Power Rangers star Naomi Scott have booked a flight on a magic-carpet ride. Massoud has secured the coveted role of Aladdin, while Scott will be playing Jasmine in the Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin movie.

The announcement came at D23 on Saturday. The duo join the only other talent cast for the Disney musical – Will Smith, who will be playing the Genie.

While there was interest in names like Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed, Disney ultimately went with an unknown to play its Prince Ali. Aladdin is set to begin shooting in August in London. Disney is currently on the hunt for villain Jafar, who will likely be played by a name actor. Other roles yet to be filled include the Sultan and Jafar’s sidekick, Iago.

Aladdin will be the latest installment in Disney’s long line of lucrative live-action adaptations of their classic animated films, which include the upcoming Mulan movie, from director Niki Caro, and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King.

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