Will Smith to play Genie in Aladdin remake

Olivia Morris

A-list actor Will Smith has been cast to play Genie in the live-action remake of the hit film Aladdin.

It was announced that the IAm Legend star would be taking on the iconic role at the D23 Expo on Saturday.

Will Smith has been cast to play Genie in the remake of Aladdin. Source: Getty

The late Robin Williams was Genie in the original 1992 animated Disney film, so the actor has some big shoes to fill. We have no doubt he’ll be brilliant though!

He's got some big shoes to fill! Source: Getty

But what has been on everyone’s mind is who would play Aladdin himself and, oh boy, have Disney found a winner.

Mena Massoud, an Egyptian-Canadian actor, was announced as the lead character and while having played a fair few roles in his time this is definitely a major break for the actor.

Mena Massoud is taking on the lead role of Aladdin. Source: Instagram
WOW! Source: Instagram

And wow he is he buff!

He took to Twitter to express his gratitude and thanks having been chosen to play the lead role.

British actress Naomi Scott has been cast to play Jasmine.

The 24-year-old recently starred as the Pink Ranger in Power Rangers.

British actress Naomi Scott has been cast as Jasmine. Source: Getty

She also expressed her excitement about being offered a role in the film.

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The announcement comes as Disney prepares for many other live-action remakes to hit cinemas in the coming years.

The recent remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson was a box office hit.

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