After initially struggling to find actors suited for the roles, Disney has finally announced who the cast will be in the live action remake of one of Disney’s most well know animated movies, Aladdin.
Relatively unknown Egyptian-born Canadian actor Mena Massoud has been cast as the games quick talking protagonist Aladdin. Playing his love interest, Jasmine, is Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott. Will Smith will portray the blue skinned, magic wielding Genie.
With whitewashing still a big issue for some when it comes to casting in Hollywood, many saw Disney’s announcement as a step forward for the industry.
The animated Aladdin movie was released in 1992 (man, now I feel old) and starred the late and great Robin Williams as the genie. Will Smith has really big blue shoes to fill.
The live-action version is being directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). There has been no release date announced for the film yet.
Along with the live-action Aladdin film, Disney is also planning a live-action remake of Dumbo, which is being directed by Tim Burton and is planned for release in 2019.