Just weeks after Disney has finally found their new Aladdin in Mena Moussad, with Will Smith also coming aboard to voice the Genie, the studio room has found its main villain. Marwan Kenzari, who are able to currently be observed in Universal’s The Mummy, has agreed upon to play the nefarious Jafar. He joins a growing cast that also includes Naomi Scott as Jasmine, with Nasim Pedrad also approaching aboard, to learn a handmaid and good friend to Jasmine.
Variety broke the news on this casting earlier today, although there are no specific details on the type, or how he might differ from the original animated movie, where Jonathan Freeman voiced Jafar. Director Guy Ritchie confirmed in-may that this job will be an Aladdin musical, although no information on the tunes have been released yet. There is also a report that Aladdin will start development in July in the U.K., running through January 2018, but another survey claimed that filming has been pressed to August, although no specific time frame was given.
This news also comes a couple of months after a written report surfaced that Disney and director Person Ritchie wanted to cast Tom Hardy as the villain Jafar, but it was never proved if the professional was in awareness for the role or not. While Tom Hardy would have certainly helped bring more star capacity to the production, it could have likely also came with its fair show of controversy, in conditions of “white cleaning,” which has turn into a hot button issue nowadays with movies such as The Great Wall membrane and Gods of Egypt. Along with the casting of Marwan Kenzari, a Dutch acting professional of Tunisian descent, combined with the rest of the diverse solid, the studio room likely won’t suffer from any kind of white cleaning controversy with this film.
Guy Ritchie is defined to direct Aladdin from a screenplay by John August (Big Seafood), with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) producing and Jonathan Eirich exec producing. Disney has not yet establish a release time frame for Aladdin, but if production is in fact supposed to begin sometime this summer, then perhaps the studio will declare a release date along with the start of production, whenever which may be. What’s ironic concerning this influx of casting news is, just times before Mena Moussad, Naomi Scott and can Smith were declared, a report surfaced that claimed the studio was having trouble finding an actor for the key Aladdin character.
The initial Aladdin employs the title personality, a road urchin who falls in love with the beautiful princess Jasmine, and uses the wonderful lamp fixture he found, and the genie within, to carefully turn him into a prince so she’ll marry him. The movie was a box office sensation after its release in 1992, becoming the top-grossing movie that season with $217.3 million home and a whopping $504 million worldwide, from a $28 million creation budget. When altered for inflation, that $217.3 million gross would equate to a $466.2 million ingest today’s market. Marwan Kenzari most recently enjoyed Malik in this summer’s The Mummy, and he also lately appeared inside the Guarantee, Ben-Hur and Collide. He’ll next be seen in Murder on the Orient Exhibit, which strikes theaters November 10.