Mena Massoud Will Be Disney's Next Aladdin
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jul 16, 2017,
Jul 16, 2017, 0:13
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It's not yet known who will portray villainous Jafar, though Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy is said to be in the running as director Guy Ritchie is said to be a big fan of the 39-year-old hunk.
After a search that was publicly giving Disney some major difficulties, someone will be showing you a whole new world and hopping on a magic carpet soon enough. While the studio reportedly had several actresses in mind for Jasmine (including the victor Naomi Scott), Disney apparently struggled to cast Aladdin. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith's alleged role, E! He'll next appear in the Amazon series "Jack Ryan" alongside John Krasinski.
Guy Ritchie started trying to find his Aladdin in a global casting call in March.
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".
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.
The 1992 Aladdin movie plot was derived from the Arabic folk tale about a young man given three wishes by a genie after releasing it from a lamp.