Will Smith Set To Play The Genie In “Aladdin”
(AllHipHop News) Disney bosses revealed the full casts for their live action versions of Aladdin and Dumbo.
Officials at the company announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California that, as expected, Will Smith will step into the late Robin Williams' shoes to reprise the role of Genie which the late comic genius made his own in the 1992 animated version of the film.
British “Power Rangers” star Naomi Scott will play Princess Jasmine while Mena Massoud has been announced as the titular character.
The film marks the first big screen role for Massoud who reportedly beat out 2000 other actors.
He currently stars in the Amazon series Jack Ryan and is widely viewed by Hollywood executives as a star on the rise.
The film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie, will begin production in London later this month.
Meanwhile, Disney bosses also confirmed the casting for their other major animated-to-live action reboot, “Dumbo,” which Will Smith was also in early talks for.