Disney casts Mena Massoud in title role of live-action "Aladdin"

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Massoud is most known for his work on Amazon's Jack Ryan television series; Scott was seen in the recent Power Rangers film and has appeared in The 33, Disney Channel's original movie Lemonade Mouth and Fox's Terra Nova.

The stars of the film will be directed by Guy Ritchie as they try to recreate the success of the first "Aladdin".

Guy Ritchie is directing the movie, which was penned by John August.

As Zimbio reported earlier in the week, Disney was having difficulty finding their Aladdin, reportedly even after auditioning 2,000-plus actors.

Now, at Disney's D23 expo today (July 15), the studio have announced its three lead actors.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven hard - especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent".




Joining Massoud in the whole new world of Disney musicals is 24-year-old British actress Naomi Scott, who has been cast as Princess Jasmine.

Smith will become just the third actor to take on the role on the big screen, following in the steps of Williams and Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson. The studio announced Saturday at D23 that it has filled the roles of Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Genie.

New Live-Action Remake: Mena Massoud.

Will Smith is playing Genie in Disney's "Aladdin".

The film - which was the highest grossing of that year - told the story of Aladdin a young street urchin who falls in love with the handsome princess Jasmine.

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