Disney casts Mena Massoud in title role of live-action "Aladdin"

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Disney has officially announced Will Smith will play Genie in Guy Ritchie's remake of Aladdin, along with revealing who'll play the two lead roles. The Disney classic will be directed by Guy Ritchie. After a lengthy casting process, Disney has tapped Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott to portray Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in the upcoming retelling of the classic fairytale.

Mena Massoud has been cast as the title role of Aladdin.

Will Smith will voice the Genie.

Disney announced the cast for its upcoming live-action remake of "Aladdin" Saturday on Twitter.

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They're having a hard time finding a man who is in his 20s who can act and sing who is also either Middle Eastern or Indian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As many fans know, Robin Williams voiced Genie in the animated movie, and instantly made Genie a beloved character in the Disney world.

The live-action Aladdin was originally expected to begin a six-month shoot in July, however, casting delays appear to have altered the schedule. Disney is now on the hunt for villain Jafar, who will likely be played by a name actor. Scott, a British actress and singer whose mother hails from Northern India, recently starred in the Power Rangers reboot as the Pink Ranger.

Aladdin, which is now in pre-production, does not have a release date but more information is expected to be released soon.

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