Egyptian Mena Massoud to star as Aladdin in Disney live-action remake
Sunday 16/July/2017 - 12:10 PM
The Middle Eastern folk tale will be played by Egyptian-born actor Mena Massoud in Disney's upcoming live action version of Aladdin، reports said.
British star Naomi will also co-star is best known for her role in the recent Power Rangers reboot. Will Smith، 48، who had already been named as taking on the role of the Genie، has now been confirmed along with Naomi Scott، 24، who will portray Princess Jasmine and newcomer Mena Massoud who has been announced as Aladdin.
The casting was announced at Disney's D23 Expo in California on Saturday.
It's not yet known who will portray villainous Jafar، though Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy is said to be in the running as director Guy Ritchie is said to be a big fan of the 39-year-old hunk.
A source said previously: 'Guy is a huge fan of Tom's work and securing him would be a major coup.
'There have been conversations and، although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change، he's certainly one of Guy's favoured choices.
'It just depends on schedules whether he'll be able to sign up.'
It was reported several days ago that Ritchie was struggling to find a lead actor for the film.
Both Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel are understood to have been considered but Disney was more keen on casting an unknown actor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter، over 2000 actors and actresses read for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.
It seemed finding a male lead who can act and sing، in his 20s، was difficult especially as the studio needed someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent.