Navid Negahban will play the role of Jasmine’s father and ruler of Agrabah. The production has Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar), Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, and Will Smith as the Genie, Billy Magnussen (Prince Anders) and NumanAcar (Hakim).
Negahban has starred in American Sniper and Charlie Wilson’s War and television shows like Scorpion, Veep, The Messengers, and Homeland.
Aladdin is the latest live-action remakes for Disney. Their previous effort, Beauty, and the Beast brought a plethora of box office receipts, and this resulted in a domestic haul of over $504 million. Worldwide it managed to pull in over $1.2 billion in ticket sales, and hopes are high that Aladdin, a long beloved franchise for Disney, will do something similar.
Early talk around Aladdin had to do with having a diverse cast, something the studio seems to have delivered on.
“Look at me. I mean I’m not a typical guy,” Producer Dan Lin told Collider. “Listen I’m very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse. So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me, Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”
Aladdin has no release date as of yet, but it is expected to start shooting this year.