Disney is close to signing actor Marwan Kenzari to play the villainous Jafar in the live-action adaptation of Aladdin.
If all goes according to plan, Kenzari will join Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, with Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) directing. Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) will also reportedly play a new role created for the movie.
(The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news about Kenzari's casting.)
The Dutch-Tunisian actor recently starred in 2017's The Mummy, and 2016's The Promise and Ben-Hur, and he will appear in Murder on the Orient Express in November.
But at this moment in time, people seem to be focusing on another aspect of Kenzari's body of work.