Disney finally has found its live-action Aladdin

Aladdin finds its lead actor in Jack Ryan actor, Will Smith to voice Genie

Meanwhile, Will Smith will play the role of the Genie and Naomi Scott has nabbed the role of Jasmine in the Guy Ritchie-directed film.

If the casting process for Disney's highly anticipated live-action Aladdin update from Guy Ritchie seems to have been moving at a slow pace, you're not imagining things.

After a week of controversy over who Disney might cast in its planned live-action version of Aladdin, the studio announced it has found its wish-maker. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith's alleged role, E!

Despite being a relative unknown, Massoud, an Egyptian native who was raised in Canada, now stars in Amazon's Jack Ryan series alongside The Office alum John Krasinski.

Jafar is the Royal Vizier of Agrabah who is bent on taking over the kingdom by exploiting Genie's magic. Scott and Indian actress Tara Sutaria were considered for the role of Jasmine.

The live-action Aladdin was originally expected to begin a six-month shoot in July, however, casting delays appear to have altered the schedule.

As many fans know, Robin Williams voiced Genie in the animated movie, and instantly made Genie a beloved character in the Disney world.

No release date has yet been set for the film, but it's a part of Disney's efforts to remake a number of their classics over the next several years.

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