The cast of Disney’s live-action Aladdin continues to grow, with Homeland actor Navid Negahban being the latest addition to the hotly-anticipated project.
According to Deadline, Negahban is taking on the role of the Sultan, the father of Princess Jasmine, who’s being played by Power Rangers star Naomi Scott.
Negahban joins a cast that also includes newcomer Mena Massoud as the titular hero, Will Smith as the Genie, Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar and Numan Acar as Hakim, the antagonist’s right-hand man and head of the guards. Nasim Pedrad and Billy Magnussen round out the cast, playing original characters created specifically for the live-action movie.
Production on Aladdin begun earlier today in London, with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie at the helm. Smith shared a cast photo to celebrate the occasion.
John August (Big Fish) and Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones) wrote the script. August and Ritchie are also producing the film with Dan Lin. Marc Platt (La La Land) and Chris Montan (Frozen) are consulting for the project while Jonathan Eirich (Deathnote) serves as executive producer.
Disney has yet to announce a release date for Aladdin, so stay tuned for updates.
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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