Marwan Kenzari might play Jafar in Aladdin
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.