Will Smith to play 'Genie'

'Aladdin' Movie: Disney Struggles to Find Stars | Hollywood Reporter

'Aladdin' Movie: Disney Struggles to Find Stars | Hollywood Reporter

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.

Relative newcomer Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) is the live-action film's new Prince Ali, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott will play Jasmine, and Will Smith is taking on Robin Williams' iconic Genie role.

Massoud is on board as the titular character, while Scott will play his love interest Jasmine.

Deepika Padukone body-shamed for latest Vanity Fair photoshoot
All that the photos did was give the world a very fit Deepika Padukone , looking like the poster child for good posture. Coming to her professional life, she is working hard on her next film Padmavati .

They also revealed that the live action version of Agrabah will be a "vibrant cosmopolitan city" drawing inspiration from the Middle East, India and parts of China. Though there have been rumors about who exactly may appear in Aladdin, it wasn't until the Disney film panel during this year's D23 Expo that the actors playing the main three heroes of the film were confirmed. It will be directed by Guy Ritchie.

The original animated movie was a comic take on the Arabic folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp. He is repped by CAA and Overbrook Entertainment.

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