A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
With the release of the live-action Aladdin trailer last week fans have been wondering. Who’s in the live-action Aladdin 2019 cast and how do they compare to the cartoon characters they’re based on. As many know the upcoming live action Aladdin movie in theaters May 24 is based on Disney’s 1992 animated film which tells the Arabic folktale of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. A story about a streetrat named Aladdin who finds a magic lamp is granted three wishes by a genie and well you know the rest.
The upcoming film is one of many live action remakes Disney has in the works including the little mermaid Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp. Aladdin follows in the successes of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, and 2016’s The Jungle Book, starring Lupita Nyong’o, which were some of the biggest blockbusters of their respective years. Will Aladdin follow suit? With a couple months before Aladdin‘s premiere (did we also mention a live-action remake of The Lion King, starring Beyoncé, is coming in July) we thought we would learn about who’s cast as our beloved Disney characters.
From the British It-girl cast as Jasmine to the Hollywood mainstay who will be playing Genie, this cast is full of favorites, and TBH, they look pretty close to their animated counterparts.
The Egyptian-Canadian actor will star as the lead role of Aladdin, a street rat who finds a magic lamp that grants him three wishes—one of which is to become a prince. As fans remember much of Aladdin follows Aladdin and Princess Jasmine’s love story, and Aladdin’s presumption that Princess Jasmine would only fall in love with him if he was a wealthy prince (hence the wishes.) The trailer sees Massoud in Aladdin’s signature vest (which is brown instead of blue like in the animated movie), trousers and hat as he races through a market.
The trailer also confirmed that we will see Aladdin’s monkey sidekick, Abu. Along with Aladdin, Massoud will also star this year in films Run This Town (with Ben Platt and Nina Dobrev) and Strange but True.