Will Smith posts first look from Aladdin sets

Will Smith Shares 'Aladdin' Live-Action Cast Selfie!

On Wednesday (September 6), he teased fans on Facebook with a fresh look at the cast for the Aladdin remake. The photo shows Smith and co-stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar).

We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family...

Guy Ritchie will direct the film, the latest in a string of successful live-action "retelling" of Disney animated classics including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book.

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Nasim Pedrad has been chosen to play new character Mara, a handmaiden and friend to Jasmine.

Will Smith Shares 'Aladdin' Live-Action Cast Selfie!
Will Smith Introduced the 'Aladdin' Remake Cast on Social Media

The story is based on the Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin who is granted three wishes by a genie who is captive inside a magic lamp.

Will Smith was previously announced for the role of The Genie, made famous in the animated hit by Robin Williams.

"Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" writer John August has penned the script for the musical movie, which is believed to be non-linear in its structure, something that is a hallmark of Ritchie's early work on movies like cult British crime romps "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch". Mulan and Lion King are expected to be the next movies to receive the full-remake treatment with directors Niki Caro and Jon Favreau tackling the films, respectively.



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