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Will Smith to play 'Genie'

Will Smith to play 'Genie'

Aladdin is only one of a number of live-action updates of classic animated Disney films. The company also confirmed that the duo will join the already-rumored Will Smith, who's now officially attached to step into Robin Williams' pointy shoes as Genie.

Massoud has secured the coveted role of Aladdin while Scott will be playing Jasmine in the Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin movie.

Joining Massoud in the whole new world of Disney musicals is 24-year-old British actress Naomi Scott, who has been cast as Princess Jasmine.

Disney made the announcement at the D23 Expo just days after a Hollywood Reporter report claimed that Ritchie's film was struggling to cast the lead role.




Newcomer Mena Massoud is taking the leading role as Aladdin. He'll next appear in the Amazon series "Jack Ryan" alongside John Krasinski. Scott was born in London and is best known for playing Kimberly - or the Pink Ranger - in the newest Power Rangers movie.

Dan Lin will produce the project under his Lin Pictures banner and Jonathan Eirich will executive produce.

Aladdin, which is now in pre-production, does not have a release date but more information is expected to be released soon.


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