Disney finally has found its live-action Aladdin

Disney finally has found its live-action Aladdin

The announcement was made at D23, where rumors of Will Smith playing the Genie were also confirmed.

Aladdin will follow an incredibly successful stint of Disney live-action remakes that includes Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and more.

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Disney's Sean Bailey announced during the studio's Live-Action Film panel that Mena Massoud will play Aladdin, Power Rangers' Naomi Scott will play Jasmine, and Will Smith will portray the Genie. Born in Egypt and raised in Ontario, Massoud is a relatively unknown actor with a thin resume.

More than 2,000 actors and actresses were reportedly tested for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine. And his name is Mena Massoud.

Stay tuned to Hollywood News Daily for the latest news and updates on the live-action Aladdin film as they roll in. He initially took interest in taking on the lead role in Dumbo, but later backed out due to scheduling conflicts.

There's no word yet as to which actor will join the Aladdin cast as Jafar.

Although Disney is still on the hunt to fill the roles of the Jafar, the Sultan, and Iago, filming is set to begin in London in August.

Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, is producing via his Lin Pictures banner, with Jonathan Eirich acting as executive producer. The retelling is expected to keep the musical elements from the animated version.

Following the adventures of the street rat, the story is based on a Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin who is granted three wishes by a genie who is captive inside a magic lamp.

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