Disney is going hard with the live-action adaptations of their animated movie library. Just months after announcing that Donald Glover was cast to play Simba in their upcoming film The Lion King, their latest project, Aladdin, has just gotten underway and the film’s star Will Smith took the moment to share his excitement on Facebook.
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!
Posing with the film’s leads Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, the Suicide Squad star who’s slated to take on the role of Genie seems more than happy that filming has commenced at Longcross Studios outside of London.
Written by John August (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), and directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Aladdin is the love story of a street urchin named Aladdin who finds fighting off an evil wizard named Jafar who not only wants the magical lamp that’s in Aladdin’s possession, but also the princess for whom Al’s heart pines, Jasmine.