Will Smith to play 'Genie'

Aladdin finds its lead actor in Jack Ryan actor, Will Smith to voice Genie

(Hardy later denied that he had been offered the role.) When the 1992 animated film "Aladdin" came out, starring Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Robin Williams and Jonathan Freeman, Disney was criticized for ethnic stereotyping.

At the House Of Mouse's D23 expo, they've revealed that relative newcomer Mena Massoud will take the title role, with Power Rangers' Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Massoud comes into the project as a mostly unknown factor, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Shooting on the film will begin relatively soon (August) in London, so more casting announcements are bound to be made within the next few weeks.

British star Naomi is best known for her role in the recent Power Rangers reboot while Egyption-born, Canada-bred Mena is set to star in the upcoming Jack Ryan television series. However, it will be hard to compare to Salonga's singing voice, because her rendition of "A Whole New World" is iconic. Scott, on the other hand, is of Indian descent.

The wait is over - we finally have a cast for Disney's live-action Aladdin movie! Will Smith was in talks on to play the magic man, Deadline reported in April.

It's now been revealed that Will Smith will be taking over the part of the Genie.

There's no word yet as to which actor will join the Aladdin cast as Jafar.

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

The film was reportedly struggling to find a suitable actor to play Aladdin. Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie in the two Sherlock Holmes movies, is producing Aladdin.



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