Mena Massoud will play Aladdin in Disney's live-action film. However, the movie studio did announce the release date for the live-action remake of of the 1941 animated film Dumbo - it will hit theaters on March 29, 2019.
Guy Ritchie, who has always been rumoured as the director was also confirmed as the man behind the camera.
With so many rumors flying around the web in regards to who Disney should cast for such coveted roles, it left us to wonder-just who would Disney choose?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio was looking for an actor in his 20s, who could sing and dance and was of "Middle-Eastern or Indian descent", and it spent months screen testing actors with no success.More news: US Department of State, lawmakers condemn terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims
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Smith has been cast as Genie, the larger-than-life mystical entity originated in 1992 by the late Robin Williams. Most recently Scott was seen playing the Pink Power Ranger in 2017's Power Rangers adaptation while Massoud can be seen in the Jack Ryan television series.
How He'll Compare: Smith could give a good spin on the Genie since he's good with different voices (as evidenced by his "Fresh Prince" comedy days), and he did have a brief career as a singer as well, so he'll be able to handle the singing parts.
There's no word yet as to which actor will join the Aladdin cast as Jafar.
Global casting calls were launched in May with production set to begin in July, but filming was pushed back to August after none of the almost 2,000 people who auditioned were deemed the ideal fit.
Dan Lin is producing Aladdin through his company Lin Pictures, and Jonathan Eirich has been named executive producer.