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Will Smith will make wishes come true in 'Aladdin' remake

Will Smith will make wishes come true in 'Aladdin' remake

The actor has been confirmed to play the role of Genie in Disney's live-action Aladdin film, and fans are totally freaking out about his new role. According to Disney, which announced the casting at the D23 Expo, Massoud will join Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie. Start dream-casting Jafar! Scott you may know either from her relatively recent musical career, a number of TV roles (including 2011's short-lived Terra Nova), or her highest-profile movie role to date, that of Kimberly the Pink Ranger in this year's Power Rangers.

Guy Ritchie was previously announced as director. Now that they've got their three main roles sorted out, more details on the project should be headed our way soon.

The original won two Oscars for the music including Best Music and Original Song for A Whole New World. Scott, on the other hand, is of Indian descent. Along with Aladdin, Disney is also planning a live-action version of The Lion King, which will star Hugh Jackman as Scar, Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner and Seth Roen as Timon and Pumba, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Will Smith was in talks on to play the magic man, Deadline reported in April.

How does the new Genie, Will Smith (R-pictured at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 28, 2017) compare to the late Robin Williams (L-pictured performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 25, 2008)? Massoud is a relative newcomer to Hollywood with only a few credits to his name.

"There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he's certainly one of Guy's favored choices", a source revealed to The Sun. Jonathan Eirich is executive producing.

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