D23 Expo – Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Cast is Revealed, Will Smith is Confirmed

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The Walt Disney Studios took to the stage at D23 Expo to surprise everyone with the official announcement of the two leads for their live-action Aladdin movie.

Mena Massoud (The 99, Jack Ryan) will play the street thief.

While Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) set to play Jasmine.

The studio also confirmed Will Smith will play the role of the Genie.

Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Rock’n’rolla) will direct the film, which has a script by John August (Big Fish) and will keep the musical elements of the 1992 hit.

Aladdin will not only borrow plot elements from the original animated movie but also its basis, 1,001 Arabian Nights.

A release date has not been announced.

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