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Guy Ritchie is directing the movie and its been said he’s having a hard time finding well known actors to appear in the movie.

At Disney’s D23 expo (July 15), Disney announced its three lead actors: Smith as The Genie will be joined by Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Mena Massoud (Saving Hope) as Aladdin.

Word is more than 2,000 actors and actresses tried out for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine. The studio was looking for an actor of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent in his 20s who can sing and dance. That proved “difficult”.