Will Smith has shared the first cast photo from the set of Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie.
Smith will play the beloved Genie in the studio’s latest remake, a character voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animation. Also in the photo are Mena Massoud (bottom right) who plays Aladdin, Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar).
Sharing the post on his Facebook page, Smith teased: “I’m over here gettin my Genie on.”
We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family… Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here gettin my Genie on. Here we go!
Posted by Will Smith on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Guy Ritchie is the man tasked with directing the live action film with production finally underway after months of casting speculation.
But the Aladdin re-boot has made headlines recently, with Disney accused of whitewashing the original tale following the casting of actor Billy Magnussen in a role created especially for the live-action version.
Magnussen will play a character called Prince Anders, a part which did not exist in the 1992 film.