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'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Shares First Cast Photo From Set!

'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Shares First Cast Photo From Set!

Aladdin star Mena Massoud is giving fans a glimpse into production on the upcoming live-action film!

The 24-year-old actor and the rest of the cast – Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari – got together for a selfie on one of the first days of production.

“Agrabah just got a lot hotter. Ooof! Gonna be keeping you posted on everything Aladdin peeps ;)” Mena jokingly wrote on his Twitter.

Later, Will shared the same photo, writing, “We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family…Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here gettin my Genie on. Here we go!”

It looks like the cast has totally hit it off! We can’t wait to see the film come together!

Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie Casts Jafar, Announces New Character!

Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie Casts Jafar, Announces New Character!

There is some new casting news for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s classic film Aladdin!

The role of Jafar is going to newcomer Marwan Kenzari while former Saturday Night Live and Scream Queens actress Nasim Pedrad is joining the cast in a new role created just for this movie.

Nasim will play “Mara, the handmaiden and friend to Jasmine. The part is described as a comedic supporting role,” according to THR.

Also starring in the upcoming movie are Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as the Genie. Guy Ritchie is directing.

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall Was Disappointed By Aladdin Casting, Boyfriend Jed Elliott Says

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall Was Disappointed By Aladdin Casting, Boyfriend Jed Elliott Says

Jade Thirlwall was the top choice of fans to play Jasmine in Disney’s live action Aladdin movie, and when she wasn’t chosen for the part, they were definitely upset.

And so was she.

The Little Mix singer’s musician beau Jed Elliott (from The Struts) spoke to The Sun about her reaction to it all.

“She’s good,” he told the paper. “Obviously she was a little disappointed to not be involved because she’s a huge Disney fan. That would have been a dream role for her.”


But you can still expect to see Jade at the front of the line when the film comes out.

Jed adds, “She’s still a huge Disney fan and she’ll still be first in line for the cinema when it comes out.”

Disney's 'Aladdin' Live Action Movie Cast Announced!

Disney's 'Aladdin' Live Action Movie Cast Announced!

The wait is over — we finally have a cast for Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie!

After rumors about having a hard time finding their lead for the title character, it seems Disney just wanted some hype around the project — because they already have casted Mena Massoud!

The film centers on street rat Aladdin, who frees a genie from a lamp and finds his wishes granted.

However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp — and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?

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Avan Jogia Could Actually Play Aladdin In Disney's Live-Action Movie!

Avan Jogia Could Actually Play Aladdin In Disney's Live-Action Movie!

Make way for Prince Ali

Avan Jogia might just be one step closer to being your Aladdin, after auditioning for the role for Disney’s live action film.

The 25-year-old actor, who you know best from Victorious, has sent in an audition tape in which he sings a song from the movie and now director Guy Ritchie is considering him for the role, according to TMZ.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Avan Jogia

Will Smith is set to play the Genie in the film, but a recent report claimed that the producers are having trouble finding actors to play Aladdin and Jasmine as they want to find people of the correct ethnicity.

This lead to the internet providing a whole bunch of suggestions, with Avan being the clear favorite to play Aladdin.

Meanwhile, we still have TWO actresses and singers up for Princess Jasmine, too.

TELL JJJ: Should Avan Jogia star in the Aladdin movie?

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British Actor Fady Elsayed Should Be Cast as Aladdin in Disney's Live-Action Flick

British Actor Fady Elsayed Should Be Cast as Aladdin in Disney's Live-Action Flick

JJJ really finds it hard to believe that Disney is having a really hard time casting the title role for their live-action Aladdin.

Apparently, there’s an issue casting a “male lead in his 20s who can act and sing”, plus he has to be “of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent.”

Um, have they seen Avan Jogia, Deniz Akdeniz or even Life of Pi‘s Suraj Sharma? We’re sure they would be amazing in the part — as would our pick, Fady Elsayed.

Don’t know him? Well, you should. Fady stars on BBC’s Class as Ram, and yes, he’s perfect at it.

We know for sure he can act, and yes, he’s of Middle Eastern descent…so can he sing? That’s the bigger question. Even if he isn’t the best, Fady is still our pick…so why is Disney taking this long to cast him?

TELL JJJ: Who is your pick for Disney’s live-action Aladdin?

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Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall Reportedly Responds to Jasmine Role Rumors!

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall Reportedly Responds to Jasmine Role Rumors!

Jade Thirlwall would make the perfect Jasmine, there’s no question.

The 24-year-old Little Mix singer is rumored to be in contention for the role in the upcoming live-action remake for Disney, but so far, nothing has been confirmed.

Over the weekend, Jade reportedly responded to the rumors, but kept very coy.

“I can’t confirm or deny that, but the group always comes first whatever happens,” Jade allegedly said (via J-14).

Meanwhile, Tom Hardy is in talks to play Jafar and Will Smith is in negotiations for the role of the Genie. Guy Ritchie will be directing.

TELL JJJ: Do you think Jade would make a good Jasmine?

'Once Upon A Time' Showrunners Open Up About Aladdin & Jasmine For Upcoming Season

'Once Upon A Time' Showrunners Open Up About Aladdin & Jasmine For Upcoming Season

Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis are opening up about the Aladdin storyline coming to the upcoming season of Once Upon A Time.

Speaking with THR, the showrunners dished about Aladdin and Jasmine’s love story on screen, Jafar being a new big bad and more. Check it:

On introducing the Aladdin story to Storybrooke: “It’s been a long time coming. We talked about using these characters pretty much since the first season, internally. It was always about the right time and when it would fit into the storytelling the way we wanted to. With the Land of Untold Stories and with Jekyll and Hyde I think you’ll see that the Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar story folds in neatly.”

On leaving the Genie back in Agrabah: “Obviously, I don’t think we would touch the genie. I would like to see a monkey but I can’t promise anything. I think, whereas some stories, like Frozen, we were very faithful to Frozen, I think you will see Aladdin will have its own Once twist.”

On Jafar’s evilness: “I think it’s the Once Upon a Time tone, which is to say that dark things happen but it never gets bleak, which is the difference we always draw. Despite how dark and scary things can get, there’s always a hopefulness at the core of the storytelling. I think with the Aladdin story and how it meshes with the Once Upon a Time story, the same will hold true. We’re not going to pull any punches with Jafar in terms of being a really dark and evil character.”

On Jasmine and Aladdin’s love: “I would say that it’s a little of everything. I think that their love story is such a central part of their story that we want to honor that. I think that we’re going to open up a new avenue for Aladdin and Jasmine in our little cul-de-sac.”

Karen David will star as Jasmine, with Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin and Oded Fehr as Jafar when Once Upon A Time returns on Sunday, September 25th on ABC.

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