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Production commences on Disney’s Aladdin remake with new casting news

September 15th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

Guy Richie’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin (now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type when Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels came out) has commenced filming in the glamorous Middle-Eastern location that is London.

Rounding out the main cast is  Navid Negahban (Homeland), who has signed on to play the Sultan. He joins Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine; Will Smith as The Genie; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Jasmine’s handmaiden; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, a suitor and potential husband for Jasmine; and Numan Acar as Jafar’s henchman Hakim.

Meanwhile, on-set shenanigans have already started. Will Smith posted this photo from the set to his official Facebook account:

We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family… Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here gettin my Genie on. Here we go!

Posted by Will Smith on Wednesday, 6 September 2017

It’s alright for some…

Aladdin is scheduled for release in 2019.

Sources: Deadline; Facebook

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...