Disney Casts Lead Roles For Live-Action Remake of Aladdin

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

The live action adaptation will be directed by Guy Ritchie and fans have been eager to learn more about the live-action remake.

Mena, a relative newcomer, will play the role of Aladdin while Naomi is set to star as Jasmine. Unfortunately, Disney is now faced with an upset audience as disappointed fans took social media to express their dismay over Scott's casting.

After taking the long and winding road, Walt Disney Studios has finally found the lead actor for the live-action Aladdin remake. Massoud is of Egyptian descent, which fits well with the cultural influences present in the fictional Agrabah of the animated film.

Naomi Scott, however, is a little more well-known than Massoud - considering she starred in the recent Power Rangers movie. She along with Indian diva Tara Sutaria were the top two contenders for the role.

Critics have voiced their frustration with Disney for casting Scott in the role because it assumes women of Indian and Middle Eastern heritage look the same and are essentially interchangeable. Another tweet says Scott as Jasmine can not be tolerated. It's a re-telling of Disney's original 1992 animated film, though we're yet to see who will land the role of the villainous Jafar.

Aladdin is the latest film that will be turned into a live-action film, following Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. "Finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven hard", the Hollywood Reporter wrote last week, "especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent". Whether they can compete alongside the enigmatic Smith will be another story completely.

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