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Disney's live-action Aladdin casts Nasim Pedrad and Marwan Kenzari

Nasim Pedrad

Story by Jack Foley

SATURDAY Night Live and New Girl star Nasim Pedrad has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action Aladdin.

She will be joined by newcomer Marwan Kenzari, who has landed the coveted role of the villain Jafar, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pedrad’s role has reportedly been created specifically for the new movie. She will play a character named Mara, the handmaiden and friend to Jasmine, who is described as a comedic supporting role.

Kenzari, meanwhile, will play Jafar, the vizier to the sultan of the city who wants to use the genie for his own nefarious plan of taking power.

The character was voiced by Jonathan Freeman in Disney’s original animated movie.

Kenzari is hotly tipped to breakthrough big-time as part of the all-star ensemble cast of the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express.

Aladdin, meanwhile, aims to remake Disney’s 1992 animated classic as well as drawing inspiration from the folk tales in One Thousand and One Nights. It is set in Agrabah, a fictional cosmopolitan city inspired by locations and cultures from the Middle East to India and China.

Will Smith has already been confirmed to play the genie, while Mena Massoud is Aladdin, a street kid who ends up over his head when he pretends to be a prince in order to win the hand of princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott.

Guy Ritchie is directing the project from a script by John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride).

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