After going toe-to-toe with some of the world’s finest actors in the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express remake, Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari is in negotiations to play the villainous Jafar in Disney’s live-action remake of ALADDIN, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Director Guy Ritchie has also cast Saturday Night Live alum Nasim Pedrad in a comedic supporting role as a handmaiden who is Jasmine’s friend. The character was not part of the animated classic, and was created specifically for the live-action movie.
Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) is set to play Aladdin, while Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) will play Jasmine. They’ll be joined by Will Smith, who will play the wish-granting genie.
The animated Disney movie featured Jonathan Freeman as the voice of Jafar, who will now be played by the up-and-coming actor Kenzari, whose recent credits include The Mummy and Ben-Hur.
In addition to Murder on the Orient Express, Kenzari will soon be seen in the Netflix movie What Happened to Monday as well as Ariel Vromen’s Egyptian spy movie The Angel. He’s represented by ICM Partners and nummer19.
Pedrad has worked steadily in television since leaving SNL, appearing on such shows as New Girl, Scream Queens and Mulaney. The Iranian-American actress has lent her voice to animated hits like Despicable Me 2 and The Lorax, and she also appeared in the 2014 horror-comedy Cooties. Pedrad is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Warren Dern.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
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