Disney just dropped a bombshell for one of their live-action remakes of an animated classic, as production details begin to release for Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of Aladdin.
Sean Bailey announced at D23 that Will Smith is confirmed to play Genie in the live-action movie, joined by Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
The news comes after reports that Disney and Ritchie were having trouble finding actors to cast in the now iconic roles, but it seems like those troubles have subsided.
Smith was first reported by THR last week, but has now been confirmed. He will be playing the role made famous by the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in Aladdin and the sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Scott recently starred in the Power Rangers movie, while Massoud will star in the Jack Ryan television show.
Bailey said Ritchie’s film will contain elements from the 1992 animated classic as well as the original source of inspiration, Arabian Nights, AKA One Thousand And One Nights.