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Will Smith to play 'Genie'

January 17 2018, 11:58 | Perry Erickson

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

Mena Massoud

More than 2,000 actors and actresses were reportedly tested for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.

At the Live panel announcing the upcoming roster of Disney movies and remakes, the full main Aladdin trio was revealed. They join the now confirmed Will Smith as the genie.

Disney is hoping to start shooting Aladdin next month in the United Kingdom, but there's still got plenty of work to do before then. With such an ambitious project to tackle, Disney has brought on producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and executive producer Jonathan Eirich to work with director Guy Ritchie. Smith needs no introduction and has been rumored for the role made famous by the late Robin Williams for some time now.

Massoud is a Canadian actor whose credits include the series "Jack Ryan", "Open Heart" and "Saving Hope". Start dream-casting Jafar!

Will Smith is playing Genie in Disney's "Aladdin".

'There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he's certainly one of Guy's favoured choices.

Global casting calls were launched in May with production set to begin in July, but filming was pushed back to August after none of the almost 2,000 people who auditioned were deemed the flawless fit.

Now, at Disney's D23 expo today (July 15), the studio have announced its three lead actors.

Lin said the live-action Aladdin movie will be an ambitious and nontraditional take on the original source material.

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