Disney Casts Lead Roles For Live-Action Remake of Aladdin

Hollywood Actor Will Smith. |AFP
Hollywood Actor Will Smith. |AFP
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18 July, 2017

Actors Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott have been roped in to star in the upcoming live-action "Aladdin" remake.

Director Guy Ritchie previously confirmed the music will play a vital part of the movie. Relative newcomer Mena Massoud also joined the cast as Aladdin. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will soon be landing themselves the keys for their magic carpet. Finally, the Genie will be interpreted by Will Smith, as we knew for several days already!

Scott is best known for playing Kimberly, the Pink Ranger, in the 2017 Power Rangers movie and costarring as Maddy Shannon in the science-fiction drama series Terra Nova. 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.

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Critics have voiced their frustration with Disney for casting Scott in the role because it assumes women of Indian and Middle Eastern heritage look the same and are essentially interchangeable. Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud - who is now in Amazon series Jack Ryan - will play Aladdin. The Egyptian-born, Canadian-raised actor was announced during the D23 Expo, a three-day fan convention in California.

Scott's mother Usha Scott is from Uganda and is of Gujarati Indian descent. It was the highest-grossing film of 1992, earning over $217 million in revenue in the United States, and over $504 million worldwide.

Now that the most important roles have been attributed to their actors, the filming for the Aladdin remake is set to begin in August, in London.


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