Will Smith Cast as Genie in 'Aladdin' Live-Action Film

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

Disney announces the cast of Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin includes Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith in lead roles. According to Disney, which announced the casting at the D23 Expo, Massoud will join Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie.

Instead, 24-year-old Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott will be taking on the part. Both relative up and comers, it will be nice to see fresh faces take on this classic. Guy Ritchie will direct the movie, which will be Disney's follow-up to the live-action hit Beauty and the Beast.

Guy Ritchie, who has always been rumoured as the director was also confirmed as the man behind the camera. Disney doesn't mess around with their casting, but the Aladdin-to-be not having a huge reel saves him from the potential cocked eyebrows that come along with Will Smith's casting. The announcement came with a pointed, veiled from Bailey about The Hollywood Reporter's article on the studio's hard finding their young male lead. It was proving more hard than the studio imagined to find actors of Middle Eastern descent.

Canadian actor Mena Massoud just scored himself a magic carpet ride to Agrabah. The role was made famous by the late Robin Williams who voiced the hilarious character.

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.

The film - which was the highest grossing of that year - told the story of Aladdin a young street urchin who falls in love with the lovely princess Jasmine.

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