Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake Finds Its Leads / Will Smith Confirmed As Genie

Published: Saturday 15th Jul 2017 by Sam

All aboard Disney‘s magic carpet ride! For, the studio have finally confirmed the cast of its much anticipated ‘Aladdin’ live-action remake.

After reportedly “struggling” to secure stars for the flick, the media force have signed newcomer Mena Massoud for the lead role of Aladdin, while ‘Power Rangers’ actress Naomi Scott will play Jasmine.

Their recruitment brings an end what some sources claim was a mammoth search for the picture’s protagonists, with names such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel initially eyed.

In a major coup, Will Smith has been formally announced as Genie – confirming speculation that had been building for months.

Set to commence shooting in London next month, the picture is being directed by Guy Ritchie.


Nostalgia and re-tellings are a tried and proven path to box office success in today’s climate, so we’re of the “why not” mindset. Especially if done correctly.

We just hope that for every big-budget revisiting of stories already told, studios will commit to the creation of new ones.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Dreazy Baby July 15, 2017

    Hmmmmm idk about that pick. I really wish Jim Carey would’ve been considered

  2. Meteorite July 15, 2017

    Yeah I can’t see Will Smith as Genie…
    Robin Williams is too ingrained in my memory

    • …I HATE WHITE B******. AND ….. BLACK BIT..,,,HES…both. Not ish.. July 17, 2017

      Jim n Robin wouldn’t bring the interest to a modern-day version of Aladdin like Will Smith. And the soundtrack is gonna be a banger cuz will love the kids

  3. Cory July 15, 2017

    Gilbert Godfried better still be Iago

    • Shaquiiii July 16, 2017

      Has to be!!

  4. bravo!! July 15, 2017

    Madonna ex got work..lol

  5. Sam July 16, 2017

    I guess the girl Jade from Little Mix didn’t get the gig…. a shame as i thought she would’ve been really good. I didn’t get the hoo ha about casting male female leads as they could’ve just chosen from the cast that are in the play.

    • truthteller July 16, 2017

      She was never even in the running for the role. It was a story made up by the British tabloids

  6. Hluv July 16, 2017

    Tituss Burgess would have been a better genie…

  7. Lake Erie July 16, 2017

    Lol from what I remember about Genie, Will Smith definitely would make a good fit. I could hear him playing it.

  8. Bam Basm July 16, 2017

    Why do they have a white woman playing Jasmine?

  9. …I HATE WHITE B******. AND ….. BLACK BIT..,,,HES…both. Not ish.. July 17, 2017

    Great role for Will. .. I’m sure he’ll deliver

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