Mena Massoud, Will Smith join 'Aladdin'

Mena Massoud

A-list actor Will Smith has been cast to play Genie in the live-action remake of the hit film Aladdin.

Announced on Saturday during the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center, the company also revealed that English actor Naomi Scott would be playing the role of Princess Jasmine and Will Smith would portray the well-loved witty character Genie.

British actress Naomi Scott has been cast to play Jasmine. As promised, after choosing the actor to fill in #Aladdin's shoes, the film makers have also announced the casting of Naomi Scott as #Jasmine. Disney's Aladdin has found its cast! She joins Aladdin as a Disney veteran, having starred as Mohini "Mo" Banarjee in the Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth and as Megan in Disney series Life Bites.

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.

Massoud is an Egyptian-Canadian actor with several television credits to his name. Guy Ritchie will direct.

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Scott's mother Usha Scott is from Uganda and is of Gujarati Indian descent.

Although Aladdin is set in a fictional country called Agrabah, fans generally assume it is meant to represent part of the Middle East.

"I'm very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse", the Taiwan-born American film producer said in an interview with Collider, adding, "So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie".

Disney was reported to be interested in both Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed for the title role, but had hoped to land a newcomer.

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