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Marwan Kenzari in negotiations to play Jafar in Aladdin

By Admin / Published On Saturday, 05 Aug 2017 19:00 PM / No Comments / 123 views

Jafar is one of the most popular villains in Disney history.

And actor Marwan Kenzari is in negotiations to play the character for the upcoming live action Aladdin film, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Former Saturday Night Live star Nasim Pedrad has joined the cast of the movie; she will play Mara – Jasmine’s friend and handmaiden, the website reports.

Surprise! Marwan Kenzari is in negotiations to play the character for the upcoming live action Aladdin film, according to the Hollywood Reporter ; pictured in April at The Promise premiere

Surprise! Marwan Kenzari is in negotiations to play the character for the upcoming live action Aladdin film, according to the Hollywood Reporter ; pictured in April at The Promise premiere

Marwan, a 34-year-old Dutch-Tunisian, has previously starred in The Mummy, Ben-Hur and The Promise.

The Netherlands-born actor’s newest film, Murder On The Orient Express, is set to hit theaters this November.

Jafar is the Grand Vizier of the Sultan; he has a sidekick in the form of a parrot called Iago.

The live action version of Aladdin will be directed by Guy Ritchie.

Classic: Former Saturday Night Live star Nasim Pedrad was also cast in the movie, as Mara - Jasmine's friend and handmaiden; seen in May at Turner Upfronts in New York City

Classic: Former Saturday Night Live star Nasim Pedrad was also cast in the movie, as Mara – Jasmine’s friend and handmaiden; seen in May at Turner Upfronts in New York City

Perfect: Marwan, a 34-year-old Dutch-Tunisian, will play Jafar in the Disney film

Perfect: Marwan, a 34-year-old Dutch-Tunisian, will play Jafar in the Disney film

Perfect: Marwan, a 34-year-old Dutch-Tunisian, will play Jafar in the Disney film

The film is based on the animated version by Disney that was originally released in 1992. 

Nasim, 35, will play Jasmine’s friend and handmaiden; the actress was born in Tehran, Iran but raised in the US.

Besides her five-year stint on Saturday Night Live, Nasim has also starred on Scream Queens, New Girl and Mulaney. 

Gorgeous lady: Nasim, 35, will play Jasmine's friend and handmaiden; the Iranian-American actress was born in Tehran, Iran

Gorgeous lady: Nasim, 35, will play Jasmine’s friend and handmaiden; the Iranian-American actress was born in Tehran, Iran

Disney revealed their casting choices for Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie during the D23 Expo earlier this month.

Naomi Scott, who is of British and Indian descent, will play Princess Jasmine while Mena Massoud was announced as Aladdin.

Mena was born in Cairo, Egypt but raised in Canada; he is set to star in the new series Jack Ryan as Tarek Kassar. 

Will Smith will bring the star power to the film as the beloved Genie.

Aladdin will start shooting this month. 

Here we go: Naomi Scott, who is of British and Indian descent, will play Princess Jasmine while Mena Massoud was announced as Aladdin

Here we go: Naomi Scott, who is of British and Indian descent, will play Princess Jasmine while Mena Massoud was announced as Aladdin

Here we go: Naomi Scott, who is of British and Indian descent, will play Princess Jasmine while Mena Massoud was announced as Aladdin

Blast from the past: The film is based on the animated version by Disney that was originally released in 1992; Aladdin and Jasmine

Blast from the past: The film is based on the animated version by Disney that was originally released in 1992; Aladdin and Jasmine

Blast from the past: The film is based on the animated version by Disney that was originally released in 1992; Aladdin and Jasmine

A whole new world: Will Smith will bring the star power to the film as the beloved Genie

A whole new world: Will Smith will bring the star power to the film as the beloved Genie

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