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Power Rangers' Naomi Scott and Will Smith cast in Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin
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Power Rangers' Naomi Scott and Will Smith cast in Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin

Power Rangers star Naomi Scott, newcomer Mena Massoud and Will Smith have been cast in the three key roles in Disney's new live-action version of Aladdin

Scott, who played Pink Ranger in this year's Power Rangers reboot, will play Jasmine, with Massoud, who has had small roles in medical dramas Open Heart and Saving Hope, takes the title role. Smith will play the genie. 

Tom Hardy has been linked with the role of villain Jafar,  the power-hungry Grand Vizier of Agrabah with a taste for dark magic, but that role has still yet to be cast. Guy Ritchie is in place as director. 

Aladdin tells the story of a street urchin who vies for the love of a beautiful princess named Jasmine. To try and win her affections he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her, only to run into serious trouble along the way. 

The re-telling had originally been billed as a prequel but is now a more straightforward live-action re-telling with a script from Big Fish writer John August. 

Disney has a slate of live action re-tellings planned, Beauty And The Beast was a huge hit earlier this year and has just been released on DVD with a sequel to Mary Poppins following in 2018. Jon Favreau was confirmed last month to direct a similar version of The Lion King while Mulan and Pinocchio are also due for similar treatment. 

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