Despite that, the cast is all smiles in their first photo from set together.
The cast will also include Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kazari as Jafar, and Mena Massoud as Aladdin. "Ooof! Gonna be keeping you posted on everything Aladdin peeps". Moreover, her existing credits under the Disney umbrella include the 2009 Disney Channel UK series Life Bites and the 2011 Disney TV movie Lemonade Mouth. However, one announcement was rather controversial. "Here we go! - with Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud". No other details have been revealed about Anders, but seeing that he's a prince, he'll probably be playing one of Princess Jasmine's many suitors. Moreover, it's shortsighted (nay, ignorant?) for them to say that it's hard to find a Middle-Eastern or Indian actor who can act and sing-hello, yes, Bollywood is calling, and they want to know what's good.
So let's strip away all the anachronistic elements of architecture and fashion - and the theory that Aladdin actually takes place in the far future in order for the Genie to have been locked away in the lamp for 10,000 years.
Numan Acar will play Hakim, the right-hand man of the sinister Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) and leader of his guards. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Billy Magnussen was cast to play Prince Ander, a brand new character who will act as a romantic rival to Aladdin's alter-ego, Prince Ali.
To mark the beginning of production, while also confirming the main cast, Smith posted up this pic on Facebook... He is pictured above on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. One film that's now in the works is Aladdin.
John August has written the script of film, while Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, is set to produce it through his Lin Pictures banner.
"Aladdin" has no release date yet. Williams, who died at age 63 in 2014, won a Golden Globe for the role, but blocked Disney from using any of his Genie vocals in future versions of Aladdin per his will. For example, there's Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, which are all great.