In the words of Genie,“let’s get ready to rumble!” Disney’s Aladdin has found its cast!
Despite rumors that the studio was having a hard time casting its live-action adaptation of Aladdin, Disney Pictures’ Sean Bailey set the record straight on Saturday (July 15) at the D23 event where he unveiled the fresh (and some familiar) faces who have been tapped to bring the characters from the classic tale to life.
According to Vanity Fair, when it comes to the title characters of Aladdin and Jasmine, Bailey confirmed that the studio is going with relative newcomers. For starters, everyone’s favorite street rat, Prince Ali (aka Aladdin) will be played by newcomer Mena Massoud, whose credits include the Jack Ryan series and Open Heart.
Meanwhile, the role of Jasmine has been awarded to Naomi Scott, who knows a thing or two about taking on an iconic character (she most recently played the Pink Ranger in the Power Rangers reboot).
For the role of Genie, however, the studio decided to bring in some major star power, enlisting none other than Will Smith to bring his take to the comedic character.
Although they have the main cast is set, supporting characters like Jafar (aka the big bad in the film) and Aladdin’s faithful sidekick, Abu, have yet to be cast.
According to Bailey, production will begin shooting this August in London, and the film will be directed by Guy Ritchie. While we don’t know if this film will live up to the success that Beauty and the Beast, we’re ready to see how the live-action musical — which will be based on the 1992 animated movie — reinvents one of our all-time favorite classics.