Will Smith CONFIRMED as the Genie with THIS Brit star as Jasmine

16 July 2017, 12:11 | Santos Harmon

Aladdin finds its lead actor in Jack Ryan actor, Will Smith to voice Genie

Mena Massoud

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.

More than 2,000 actors and actresses were reportedly tested for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.

Naomi Scott is set to play Princess Jasmine, while Will Smith will be taking on the Genie.

Will Smith will voice the Genie.

Mena Massoud is about to star in the upcoming Jack Ryan TV series but will become a major global heartthrob when he steps into the iconic Disney hero role. The actor sang the hit song "Friend Like Me", which fans are hoping that Will Smith will now take over along with the role.

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Disney also revealed that the upcoming movie will be inspired by both the Robin Williams-starring animated movie, as well as the classic folklore tales.

Despite being a relative unknown, Massoud, an Egyptian native who was raised in Canada, now stars in Amazon's Jack Ryan series alongside The Office alum John Krasinski.

Disney have yet to announce who'll play Jafar.

The 1992 Aladdin movie plot was derived from the Arabic folk tale about a young man given three wishes by a genie after releasing it from a lamp.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that filming on Aladdin is due to begin in London in August, but there are some roles yet to be filled.



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