It’s official: Disney has found its Aladdin and Jasmine for Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action adaption of the classic animated film. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott were both revealed today at D23 to be playing the two iconic roles in Aladdin. Will Smith has also been confirmed to be playing The Genie.
Scott, best known for her role as Kimberly Hart a.k.a. the Pink Ranger in The Power Rangers was reportedly one of the actresses that Disney was eying for Jasmine. Earlier in the week, it was revealed that the studio had looked at over 2,000 actors for the leading role, with Massoud being one of the top contenders for the leading hero.
No actor was announced for the villainous Jafar, but according to a report from this week, the studio is aiming to cast a well-known actor for the part. Production is reportedly set to start sometime in August in London. While release dates were announced at D23 today for the upcoming live-action adaptations of Dumbo and Mulan, no date for Aladdin was announced during the presentation.
Are you excited about Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith joining Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin? Sound off in the comments below.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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