Toronto actor Mena Massoud cast in Disney's live action remake of 'Aladdin'

Wendy Jensen
July 16, 2017

As Zimbio reported earlier in the week, Disney was having difficulty finding their Aladdin, reportedly even after auditioning 2,000-plus actors.

There has been much speculation about who will be taking on the roles in the Guy Ritchie remake of the 1992 hit film.

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Now, at Disney's D23 expo today (July 15), the studio have announced its three lead actors. It was proving more hard than the studio imagined to find actors of Middle Eastern descent. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn't quite what he appears to be? The company also confirmed actor Will Smith will play the role of the Genie. Will Smith had been previously announced as the Genie. After a lengthy casting process, Disney has tapped Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott to portray Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in the upcoming retelling of the classic fairytale.

One star has apparently already signed on for the role of Genie, originally made famous by Robin Williams.

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Names including Massoud's, Achraf Koutet and George Kosturos were among those circulating the internet for weeks prior to Disney's announcement.

Dan Lin will produce the project under his Lin Pictures banner and Jonathan Eirich will executive produce.

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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.

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