Mar­wan Ken­zari might play Ja­far in Aladdin

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Dutch-Tu­nisian ac­tor Mar­wan Ken­zari (right) is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to play Ja­far (inset) in Dis­ney’s live­ac­tion Aladdin re­boot by film­maker Guy Ritchie.

Ira­nian-Amer­i­can ac­tor Nasim Pe­drad has also joined the cast as a hand­maid and friend to Jasmine. Sev­eral sources con­firmed the news to va­ri­ety.com.

He will join English ac­tor Naomi Scott, who will play Jasmine, Egyp­tian-Cana­dian ac­tor Mena Mas­soud, who will por­tray the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter, and Amer­i­can ac­tor Will Smith, who will voice Ge­nie (a role made fa­mous by late Robin Wil­liams in the an­i­mated clas­sic).

John Au­gust, whose cred­its in­clude Big Fish (2003), wrote the new Aladdin script. The orig­i­nal an­i­mated movie was a comic take on the Ara­bic folk­tale about a young man granted three wishes by a ge­nie trapped in a lamp.

Aladdin was the high­est-gross­ing film of the year in 1992, and won Os­cars for Best Score and Best Song for A Whole New World.

Ken­zari will soon be seen in Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press, where he plays the con­duc­tor.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

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