After a search that was publicly giving Disney some major difficulties, someone will be showing you a whole new world and hopping on a magic carpet soon enough. Mena Massoud, whose handful of screen credits include Jack Ryan, Open Heart, and The 99, will be playing the new Aladdin in Disney’s upcoming live-action film. Also joining him in the Guy Ritchie–directed Aladdin will be all-around swell guy Will Smith as the Genie and Power Rangers’ Naomi Scott as Jasmine. Start dream-casting Jafar!
The news was announced at Disney’s popular D23 Expo this weekend where many other Disney films were teased today, such as Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo, which is set for a March 29, 2019 release. Aladdin will start shooting in August, but not much else is yet known about the film.