Will Smith has Disney fans abuzz about the upcoming live-action version of Aladdin. The actor has shared the first poster for the movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters in May of 2019.
Smith plays the Genie in the new film. He has yet to show the world what he looks like in the blue makeup. But he alluded to the makeover when he shared the poster on Instagram. The caption reads, “LEMME OUT!! 🧞 Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE! 🙂 #aladdin”
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Canadian Actor Mena Massoud Will Bring the Title Character to Life
GettyMena Massoud attends the premiere of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” at the Battleship Iowa on August 31, 2018 in San Pedro, California.
27-year-old Mena Massoud landed the coveted role of “Aladdin.” Massoud was born in Egypt but was raised in Ontario, Canada, according to his page on IMDB. His bio states that when he’s not acting, he enjoys playing basketball and horseback riding.
Tarek Kassar in #JackRyan. CIA analyst, graduated top of his class & definitely best dressed at the office. Jack Ryan fights crime – but how do you think he finds it? Tarek is also incredibly skilled at growing facial hair. Watch the whole season of @jackryanamazon August 31st! pic.twitter.com/oiNTtYle4k
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) August 20, 2018
Most recently, Massoud appeared in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” He plays CIA analyst Tarek Kassar. Massoud described his character on Twitter as “best dressed at the office” and that Jack Ryan depends on Kassar to help him identify the criminals that he needs to fight.
Massoud got his start in Hollywood with a guest role on an episode of the CW series “Nikita.” His role was that of a terrorist that the title character has to stop. His other credits include roles on “Open Heart” on Teen Nick and the Canadian series “Saving Hope.”
So honored & grateful for the opportunity to help bring this magical story to life once again. Let’s get to work! #Aladdin #Disney https://t.co/itxmiDHtLL
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017
“Aladdin” will be his biggest role to date. Disney first announced their decision to cast Massoud in 2017. He expressed his appreciation for the role on Twitter, writing, “So honored & grateful for the opportunity to help bring this magical story to life once again. Let’s get to work!”
2. British Actress Naomi Grace Scott Will Play Jasmine
The role of Jasmine is being played by none other than the Pink Ranger! Naomi Grace Scott played Kimberly Hart in the 2017 “Power Rangers” film. But Scott will soon be known for much more than that.
In addition to being cast as Jasmine, movie fans will soon see Scott in the “Charlie’s Angels” remake alongside Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks. The film is scheduled to be released in 2019 as well, so it’s shaping up to be an exciting …read more