Disney Casts Live-Action Aladdin, Jasmine, & Genie
It’s taken a while for Disney to nail down a cast for this one, but the company just announced at their D23 Expo they have picked the leads for their upcoming live-action Aladdin.
Taking the part of the street-rat turned prince will be Mena Massoud, who starred in ‘Poser’, ‘The 99’ and ‘Open Heart’, and can soon be seen in Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan‘ series.
Opposite him as Jasmine will be Naomi Scott, who starred in ‘Terra Nova’, and was seen most recently as Pink Ranger, Kimberly, in the ‘Power Rangers‘ film.
The big question though, has been, “what do you do about the Genie?” Robin Williams just was that part in the animated version, so you have to go some other way for the live action version. Disney’s solution to this is to cast Will Smith. Not a bad call, given there were rumours Jim Carrey was a possibility at one point, which would have been horrible.
Guy Ritchie is set to direct the movie. The release date of Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin still to be determined.