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Disney Casts Lead Roles For Live-Action Remake of Aladdin

July 16, 2017 | Posted by Ashish
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Disney announced the cast for the live-action Aladdin remake at the D23 Expo last night.

Relative newcomer Mena Massoud will star as Aladdin while Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) will play Jasmine. Will Smith is set to play the Genie. Guy Ritchie will direct.

Disney was struggling to cast the Aladdin role before settling on Massoud. The casting has also gotten a lot of attention over whether the leads should be Middle Eastern actors. Massoud is an Egyptian-Canadian actor while Scott is half Indian, half British.

Here’s a photo of Massoud.

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