Disney’s Live Action ‘Aladdin’ Cast is Everything We Could Wish For!

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For a while, Aladdin was just one of the many Disney animated films that were going to get the live action treatment. But now, thanks to Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend, we have our leading cast members!

On Saturday afternoon during the “Live Action Films” panel, Walt Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey announced the anticipated cast members. “Aladdin will be played by a young actor named Mena Massoud,” Bailey said, according to EW.

Massoud’s casting comes weeks after it was known that Disney was having a difficult time finding an actor to play the title character. Apparently, it was rather difficult finding lead actors in their 20’s of Middle Eastern or Indian descent that could both sing and dance. Massoud’s previous credits include Amazon’s Jack Ryan and Open Heart.

Naomi Scott has been cast as Princess Jasmine. This casting announcement for Scott comes right after her recent portrayal of the pink power ranger, Kimberly, in this year’s remake film of the popular TV series, Power Rangers. Her other credits include Lemonade Mouth and the short lived series, Terra Nova. This writer has been a fan of her since her role as Mo in Lemonade Mouth, and is so happy for her and this huge new role! I mean, just listen to the girl sing! She also recently released an EP, and it is lovely!

The last Aladdin cast member revealed needs no introduction, just like his character; Will Smith will be portraying the Genie. “The amazing Genie will be played by the equally amazing Will Smith,” Sean Bailey also states. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Do I even need to list Smith’s previous projects? Odds are you’ve seen him in something and instantly fell in love with him. I already can’t wait to listen to his showstopper performance of “Friend Like Me.”

Disney’s Aladdin live action remake does not yet have a release date; however Guy Ritchie is set to direct.

What do you think of the recently revealed cast list? Does this make you want to see the film any more or less?

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