Awesome news for all the ALADDIN fans out there! Casting for the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London! Two-time Oscar® nominee Will Smith steps into the iconic role of Genie, who grants three wishes to those who posess his lamp. And who do you think finds his lamp? Aladdin of Agrabah, played by Mena Massoud. The “lovable street rat’s love interest, Princess Jasmine, is played by Noami Scott. Marwan Kenzari steps into the role of the infamous sorcerer Jafar, who plots to take over Agrabah.
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Other cast members include Navid Negahban as the Sultan, ruler of Agrabah and Princess Jasmine’s father; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.
Guy Ritchie is all set to director ALADDIN, from a screenplay by John August based on the 1992 animated film of the same name. Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE LITTLE MERMAID fame) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar®-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice as well as two new songs written by Menken and Oscar® and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
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