Guy Ritchie’s highly anticipated live-action remake of Disney classic ‘Aladdin’ casts Naomi Scott, Will Smith, and Mena Massoud as the beloved characters
Fans of the Disney classic film Aladdin have been eagerly awaiting advancement on the live-action film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie, since the film’s announcement.
After months of anticipation after reports that Disney was having difficulty casting the lead roles, the wait for fans is finally over.
Disney Studio’s Production President Sean Bailey announced at the D23 Expo that Aladdin will be played by Mena Massoud, Jasmine by Naomi Scott, and Will Smith as the Genie.
Mena Massoud starred in the Amazon series Jack Ryan. Naomi Scott undertook the role of the Pink Ranger in the 2017 Power Rangers.Will Smith is recognized worldwide for his long acting history in both comedy and serious films.
Future live-action Disney projects also announced at D23
Emily Blunt was also present at the D23 Expo with Director Rob Marshall to discuss the sequel to the classic 1962 film Mary Poppins, to be titled Mary Poppins Returns.
Blunt said of her coming role: “No one is ever going to out-Julie, Julie Andrews. There’s no one like her. I had to do my own version of her.”
Blunt said from the stage that she will both sing and dance alongside co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda who will play the role of lamplighter Jack.
Director Marshall said of the upcoming film, “There’s no one else that could play this part on the planet. She brings everything to it. She sings, she dances. And she’s British.”
Director Jon Favreau also revealed scenes from his live action adaption of another Disney classic, The Lion King. One of the scenes was the iconic moment when Rafiki holds up a newborn Simba on Pride Rock.