Despite the controversy surrounding Disney’s casting, there is a lot of genuine excitement over the live-action Aladdin remake. Given the high quality of Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast, there’s a strong appetite for more of the same. Now Will Smith has shared the first image from the set of the film – showcasing that the hard work is about to begin.

Posting to his Facebook page, the popular actor showcased himself and his three main co-stars: Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzawi (Jafar);

“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!”

The film is largely being cast by unknown actors, so a lot of its success could ultimately end up riding on the back of Will Smith. It’s good to see him enthusiastically promoting his co-stars.

There are still a number of roles within the movie that have yet to be filled. The role of Jasmine’s father and Lago (the talking bird) are two such. We anticipate that they’ll be announced in the coming weeks.

It should be noted that Disney had a huge casting call for middle-eastern actors to fill the main roles in the movie – attempting to keep the Arabian aesthetic as much as possible. There was some recent controversy over the decision to cast Billy Magnussen as a new character – something that awkwardly works against the original aim of the casting call.

Disney has also been very quiet over when the movie will land in cinemas. Suggestions point to an early 2019 release, but there’s every chance it could slip into late 2018 if production goes smoothly.

There’s a lot of unknowns surrounding Disney’s Aladdin live-action remake right now – we’ll be sure to cover any breaking news as it happens.

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