Apparently the rumors about Disney having trouble casting the Aladdin character wasn’t true. They have found the man to play Aladdin the prince of thieves in Mena Massoud!
Disney announced the casting on their official twitter page:
Mena Massoud announced as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie in live-action Aladdin! #D23Expo
— Disney (@Disney) July 15, 2017
Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) is the live-action film’s new Prince Ali, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott will play Jasmine, and Will Smith is taking on Robin Williams’ iconic Genie role. Guy Ritchie is directing the film which.
Mena seems to be excited himself about the news as he tweeted out his thoughts:
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017
Aladdin will begin shooting in August in London and the film has yet to cast the villainous Jafar, the squawking Iago, the monkey Abu, and the tiger Raja.