Guy Ritchie is directing the film with Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott playing Aladdin and Jasmine respectively
“You know what, this is perfect for you because you’re always creating magic,” the actress recalled telling her husband, who was in early talks to headline Disney’s live-action Aladdin since April.
On Saturday, Walt Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey confirmed at the D23 Expo that “the amazing Genie will be played by the equally amazing Will Smith.”
For the forthcoming remake, the fictional city of Agrabah will be created from global influences, including the Middle East, India, and even China.
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Not only will the 1992 animated movie be a major influence, but the screenplay will go back to the classic Arabic folktales of One Thousand And One Nights.
Girls Trip hits theaters July 21.