Will Smith set to star as Genie in live-action Aladdin film

Jay Jacobs
July 16, 2017

Following reports that Disney's live-action Aladdin film was having trouble finding a lead actor, the studio officially unveiled the lead cast during its presentation at D23 on Saturday.

Massoud costars on amazon's "Jack Ryan" television series and Scott most recently starred in the "Power Rangers" film. Both relative up and comers, it will be nice to see fresh faces take on this classic.

D23 was Disney's last chance to make a big splash with the live-action Aladdin movie before it heads into production, which was supposed to start this month but was reportedly delayed due to the long and complicated casting search.

Disney has let its heart decide who to cast as its live-action Aladdin and Jasmine, and not a moment too soon. 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.

Massoud will play the title character, Scott will portray Princess Jasmine and Smith will play the Genie.

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It seemed finding a male lead who can act and sing, in his 20s, was hard especially as the studio needed someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent. While Scott has a singing credit to her name for appearing in Disney's teen musical film Lemonade Mouth, no similar information is readily available for Massoud. Also confirmed at the expo is the previously speculated Will Smith in the role of the Genie.

Will Smith is playing Genie in Disney's "Aladdin".

Aladdin is set to begin shooting in August in London.

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 handsome princess Jasmine.

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