Guy Ritchie, who has always been rumoured as the director was also confirmed as the man behind the camera.
Massoud, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer to the scene, even compared to Scott. The announcement came on the heels of rumors the studio was conducting a global search in an attempt to find cast members of Middle Eastern or Indian descent.
At the Live panel announcing the upcoming roster of Disney movies and remakes, the full main Aladdin trio was revealed. Variety reported that Smith had been eyeing a family-friendly film as his next project, after appearing in mostly adult dramas and action films such as Suicide Squad and Collateral Beauty previous year.
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As many fans know, Robin Williams voiced Genie in the animated movie, and instantly made Genie a beloved character in the Disney world. Start dream-casting Jafar!
Another up and coming young actor will play Aladdin himself.
Will Smith is playing Genie in Disney's "Aladdin".
Though the role of the villain Jafar has not been cast, shooting for the film is set to begin in August.
Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, is producing via his Lin Pictures banner, with Jonathan Eirich acting as executive producer.