The casting for ‘Aladdin’, the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London.
The ‘Aladdin’ cast includes – Will Smith as ‘Ali’, the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to anyone who possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter; Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, an evil sorcerer who devises a nefarious plot to unseat the Sultan and rule Agrabah himself.
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The cast also consist of Navid Negahban as the Sultan, the ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a proper husband for his daughter; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, a potential husband for Princess Jasmine and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.
“Aladdin” is directed by Guy Ritchie, with the screenplay by John August based on the 1992 animated film ‘Aladdin’ and stories from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’.
The producer is Dan Lin along with Marc Platt, Jonathan Eirich and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken will provide the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, as well as two new songs written by Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.