The live-action will borrow plot elements from the original animated movie and its basis, 1,001 Arabian Nights.
Erase all doubts! Disney has just announced the official main cast for the live-action musical adaptation of Aladdin.
President of Production at Walt Disney Pictures, Sean Bailey, unveiled at D23 Expo that rising stars Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will respectively play Aladdin and Jasmine. He also confirmed that Hollywood big star Will Smith will sing and act as the iconic Genie.
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017
So excited to be a part of this adventure! This is gonna be fun 🙂 https://t.co/fFpkkEg2kR
— Naomi Scott (@NaomiScott) July 15, 2017
Massoud was one of the main characters in the Nickelodeon show Open Heart and will appear in the Amazon original series, Jack Ryan. Scott appeared in the 2017 flick, Power Rangers. Guy Ritchie, known for his crime films such as RocknRolla and Snatch, will direct the musical. John August (Bigfish, Dark Shadows) wrote the script.
The live-action will borrow plot elements from the original animated movie and its basis, 1,001 Arabian Nights. The original 1992 animated film famously featured Robin Williams as the film’s genie, along with Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Frank Welker as Aladdin’s monkey pal Abu, plus Douglas Seale as The Sultan, and Gilbert Gottfried as Iago.
Disney still didn’t comment on the rumors that Tom Hardy will play Jafar.
Aladdin joins a long list of live-action remakes by Disney of their classic animated films, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Dumbo, and more.