Aladdin Live Action Cast: Who Plays Aladdin in the 2019 Remake?

Disney is not holding back with its movie remakes. The new take on old animated classics began with Cinderella in 2015, giving long-time fans a pleasant retelling of a familiar Disney-fied fairytale. It continued with The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Things will only escalate from there starting in 2019.

Aladdin is a popular animated feature not just because of its story or iconic soundtrack, but also because of its cast. Robin Williams took his role and ran with it, and those around him followed suit. There’s an entirely new cast in this version’s lineup, but we’re unlikely to be disappointed.

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Aladdin remake — including the notable similarities compared to the original film, cast highlights, and when you can expect to see the new movie in theaters near you.

Aladdin live action trailer: What we know so far

Disney’s teaser trailers are almost as good as the movies they’re marketing. This teaser has a little bit of everything to hit that nostalgia sweet spot, from recognizable melodies to that very creepy talking cave entrance. And of course, the lap. THE LAMP!

This tells us that at least some of the plot will remain identical to the original — we even see Aladdin reaching for that shimmering forbidden treasure. Honestly, as long as the “Genie, you’re free” line stays, basically nothing else matters. Right?

That’s likely about all we’re going to get until a full trailer comes out within the next few months. Whether it’s very similar to the original film or it drifts from its animated source material, it’s bound to draw audiences purely on the basis of curiosity. Especially those wanting to see Genie come to life without his original persona.

Who plays Aladdin in the 2019 remake?

The main character of Aladdin will be played by Mena Massoud. The actor is best known for his role in Open Heart, a mystery drama television series that aired on Teen Nick in 2015. He was born in Egypt but grew up in Canada.

Other cast members for the 2019 film include Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

Aladdin 2019 release date

The Genie in Aladdin

The Genie in Aladdin. | Disney

There are probably a few things we’re not going to see until the movie finally opens to the general public next year. Disney is probably going to keep Genie from us — either his voice, his image, or both. And there’s a chance we’re not going to see the flying carpet in action — not clearly, anyway.

Thankfully, the wait isn’t as long as you might think.

Disney’s Aladdin remake comes to theaters on May 24, 2019.

This falls right in the middle of two other significant live action remakes releasing next year — Dumbo on March 29 and The Lion King on July 19.

And that’s not all Disney has in store for fans of its many properties. Marvel fans can expect to flock to the three new releases scheduled throughout the same time frame as these live action remakes (March, April, and July). There’s also a new Pixar movie and a Star Wars film. RIP your bank account.