Mena Massoud un­veiled as Aladdin

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Dis­ney has fi­nally found its Aladdin in new­comer Mena Massoud (far left) for the live-ac­tion re­boot. Ear­lier, it had been re­ported that In­dian ac­tor Sid­dharth Gupta was cho­sen to play Aladdin — but the cast­ing hadn’t been fi­nalised then.

Will Smith will play Ge­nie and Naomi Scott (left) will por­tray Princess Jas­mine in the Guy Ritchie-directed movie, Dis­ney an­nounced at D23 Expo, a show­biz event held over the week­end.

Pho­tos of the three ac­tors were screened at the Ana­heim Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, Cal­i­for­nia. Massoud, who is of Egyp­tian ori­gin, tweeted: “So hon­oured and grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to help bring this mag­i­cal story to life once again. Let’s get to work! #Aladdin #Dis­ney.”

Dis­ney’s orig­i­nal an­i­mated movie Aladdin (1992) was a comic take on the Ara­bic folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a ge­nie trapped in a lamp.

Aladdin was the high­est­gross­ing film of 1992, and won Acad­emy Awards for Best Score and Best Song for A Whole New World, per­formed by Brad Kane and Lea Sa­longa.

MENA MASSOUD IS OF EGYP­TIAN ORI­GIN, BUT WAS RAISED IN CANADA. HE LIVES IN BOTH TORONTO AND LOS AN­GE­LES

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ MENAMASSEY

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