With the main characters already cast, production has finally begun on Disney’s live action remake of Aladdin. A tweet from the title character himself Mena Massoud lets us know that we are in for some Magic!
Day 1 in the bag. The magic has only begun.
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) August 22, 2017
The cast includes Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, Will Smith (Bad Boys) as the iconic Genie, Marwan Kenzari (The Mummy 2017) as the villainous Jafar, Numan Acar (Prison Break) as Head of the guards Akim, and Nasim Pedrad (SNL) as Mara. Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) will direct.
Original Aladdin composer Alen Menken is on board to compose the remake. With Oscar winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) on board to write new music for the film.
The live action adaptation will follow the same story as the 1992 hit animated film That follows a street urchin who vies for the love of a beautiful princess, and uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.
Aladdin is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2019.
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