Back in September it was announced that Numan Acar joined the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin as Hakim, Jafar’s right hand man. That led a lot of people to believe that fan favorite character Iago wouldn’t appear in the film, well that may not be the case after all.
We have a source close to the project that has told us “Iago will definitely appear in the film.”
However just like our Abu story back in November it’s unclear how big Iago’s role will be, also it’s unclear if it’s going to be a voiced character or just a parrot.
Now we do have to state this has not been confirmed by Disney officially as of yet, so take it with a grain of salt for now.
Original Iago voice actor Gilbert Gottfried has expressed interest in returning to the role if offered. So we will have to wait and see what happens in the coming months.
The cast for Aladdin 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, Navid Negahban (Homeland) as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad (SNL) as Mara and Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods) as Prince Anders. 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.
Aladdin will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.