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Disney’s Live-Action ‘ALADDIN’ Cast Revealed

July 16, 2017

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Walt Disney Studios surprised the world during this weekend’s D23 Expo to announce their cast for their live-action ALADDIN movie. Mena Massoud will play the titular street thief, with Naomi Scott playing Jasmine and Will Smith playing the Genie. The film will not borrow plot elements from the original animated film, but also its basis, 1,001 Arabian Nights.

Directed by Guy Ritchie from a script by John August and will keep the musical elements of the 1992 hit.

Aladdin was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “A Whole New World.” Based on the Middle-Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the 1992 animated film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. It famously featured Robin Williams as the film’s genie, Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Frank Welker as Aladdin’s monkey pal Abu, Douglas Seale as The Sultan and Gilbert Gottfried as Iago.

Aladdin joins the long list of live-action remakes by Disney’s classic animated films, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Dumbo, and many more.

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