Mena Massoud Will Be Disney's Next Aladdin

Mena Massoud

They also revealed that the live action version of Agrabah will be a "vibrant cosmopolitan city" drawing inspiration from the Middle East, India and parts of China.

Will Smith will play the Genie, which was already rumored. While it will use that film as a template, it will also look further afield, drawing on the source material, 1001 Arabian Nights. Disney has secured the lead roles for it's upcoming live-action Aladdin movie.

Disney previously said it was having trouble casting an actor for its titular lead, prompting people to offer their own suggestions online.

Smith has been cast as Genie, the larger-than-life mystical entity originated in 1992 by the late Robin Williams.

Another up and coming young actor will play Aladdin himself.

Will Smith completes the main Aladdin movie cast as Genie.

Massoud is a Canadian actor whose credits include the series "Jack Ryan", "Open Heart" and "Saving Hope".

'There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he's certainly one of Guy's favoured choices.

Dan Lin will produce the project under his Lin Pictures banner and Jonathan Eirich will executive produce.

Aladdin will begin shooting in August in London and the film has yet to cast the villainous Jafar, the squawking Iago, the monkey Abu, and the tiger Raja.

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