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Disney's 'Aladdin' Live Action Movie Cast Announced!

16 July 2017, 12:54 | Nina Hammond

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

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Aladdin is one of Disney's most beloved and successful classics earning more than $504 million worldwide and the characters are prominent at the company's theme parks.

Mena Massoud will play Aladdin in the live-action adaptation.

Guy Ritchie is directing the movie, and John August, who penned the award-winning Big Fish, wrote the adapted script.

The casting announcement was made at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Variety reported. Also joining him in the Guy Richie-directed Aladdin will be all-around swell guy Will Smith as the Genie, and Power Rangers' Naomi Scott as Jasmine. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney was struggling to find its Aladdin even after launching a worldwide casting call for the role. It was proving more hard than the studio imagined to find actors of Middle Eastern descent.

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David Agus, director of the USC Norris Westside Cancer Center and CBS News medical contributor, said on "CBS This Morning". Other panelists called the treatment a "major advance" and that novel therapy meets a "dire, unmet need".

Smith has been cast as Genie, the larger-than-life mystical entity originated in 1992 by the late Robin Williams. Will Smith, as previously announced, will take on the voice of the Genie.

As for Jasmine, studio sources say two actresses are in the running: Naomi Scott from the recent "Power Rangers" movie and Tara Sutaria. And his name is Mena Massoud.

Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, is producing via his Lin Pictures banner, with Jonathan Eirich acting as executive producer.



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