Disney Finds Its Stars For Live Action Aladdin Remake

Mena Massoud Naomi Scott and Will Smith to star in Aladdin

Mena Massoud Naomi Scott and Will Smith to star in Aladdin

After news broke of Disney having trouble casting for its leads in the live action remake of Aladdin, the studio announced overnight the spots had finally been determined.

Last week, we reported that Guy Ritchie and his live-action Aladdin team were struggling to find the flawless candidates to fill the shoes of the street rat and the princess.

Disney has come under fierce criticism for choosing not to cast a non-Arab actor in the new Aladdin film. "The awesome Genie will be played by the equally wonderful Will Smith", Bailey said.

He will be joined by English actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine. After releasing a couple EPs and contributing to the soundtrack for a movie-musical, Lemonade Mouth, she slowed her music career while her screen work only accelerated. Naomi Scott has officially been cast as Princess Jasmine, while Will Smith will be taking on the Genie. Among the live-action scheduled on the Disney calendar are Aladdin.

Massoud, an Egyptian-Canadian actor, was recently featured in Amazon's Jack Ryan TV series.

Some fans argue that casting Naomi as the film's princess suggests Disney thinks women of Indian and Middle Eastern heritage look the same.

The original Aladdin was set in Agrabah, a fictional country in the Disney universe. On the first day, we learned a lot about the upcoming Disney and Pixar animated films. Many names including Dev Patel, Riz Ahmed, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone were bandied about on social media in connection with the cast.

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