The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Marwan Kenzari and Nasim Pedrad are looking likely to be the latest names to join the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin.
The 1992 animated film had us following Aladdin, a street rat who lives in a large and busy town known as Agrabah alongside his loyal monkey friend Abu. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city and accept a suitor for marriage, she sneaks out to the town where she coincidentally meets Aladdin. Soon enough, the sultan’s advisor Jafar, has Aladdin following him to aid him unknowingly to recover a mysterious lamp from the Cave of Wonders that introduces us to the Genie.
The report states that Marwan Kenzari (whose credits include The Promise and The Mummy) is in negotiations to play the villain role of Jafar, while Nasim Pedrad (whose credits include Scream Queens and New Girl) will be playing the role of Mara, the handmaiden and friend to Jasmine and the role is described as a comedic supporting role.
While I don’t know anything about Pedrad, I will say that I will be happy to see Kenzari in the role of Jafar as I thought he was very good in The Promise and would like to see what he can bring to the part. If the deals are signed the duo will join a cast that includes Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith.
The film is being directed by Guy Ritchie and as of yet there’s still no official release date for Aladdin.