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'Aladdin': Disney Remake Finds Its Leads

15 July 2017

After a troubling report earlier in the week about Disney having trouble finding their leads for their upcoming live action adaptation of the animated Aladdin, our concerns have been laid to rest with the new casting news from the D23 Expo. 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.

The news was announced at Disney's popular D23 expo this weekend, and although no other information about Aladdin is now known - it'll start shooting in August - other Disney films were teased today, such as Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo, which is set for March 29, 2019 release.

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And while established stars like Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") and Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") were flagged by the studio, the film ended up casting a newcomer for the coveted role. Born in Egypt and raised in Ontario, Massoud is a relatively unknown actor with a thin resume.

Disney has officially found its Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie for the live-action "Aladdin" remake. He'll next appear in the Amazon series "Jack Ryan" alongside John Krasinski.

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A release date was not announced.

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'Aladdin': Disney Remake Finds Its Leads