Disney Announces Main Aladdin Cast Including Will Smith

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Smith had been rumoured for weeks to be taking the role made famous by Robin Williams in the original 1992 cartoon.

"Aladdin will be played by a young actor named Mena Massoud", Walt Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey announced at the D23 Expo on Saturday. With such an ambitious project to tackle, Disney has brought on producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and executive producer Jonathan Eirich to work with director Guy Ritchie. Mena Massoud takes the lead as the street-rat himself, with Power Rangers' Naomi Scott joining him as Jasmine. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith's alleged role, E!

As Zimbio reported earlier in the week, Disney was having difficulty finding their Aladdin, reportedly even after auditioning 2,000-plus actors.

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Disney have yet to announce who'll play Jafar. Fans of Jack Ryan will get to see Massoud in the new series that stars John Krasinski in the title role. The announcement came with a pointed, veiled from Bailey about The Hollywood Reporter's article on the studio's hard finding their young male lead. Scott and Indian actress Tara Sutaria were considered for the role of Jasmine.

There's still no release date for Aladdin, but we are following the story and will update as soon as a date is revealed.

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