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Disney’s new live-action remake of Aladdin just got an official release date

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Get ready for a trip on Aladdin’s magic carpet sooner than we’d all expected.

The upcoming live-action adaptation, directed by Guy Richie, will arrive in cinemas on 24 May, 2019, according to EW. The movie’s now officially begun filming at Longcross Studios, just outside of London.

Alan Menken’s magical music will once again ring throughout the film. Aladdin will this time also feature two new songs from Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The story features those signature musical numbers including Proud of Your Boy, Arabian Nights and A Whole New World.

Related: Meet Mena Massoud: The dreamy star of Disney’s live-action Aladdin

Earlier this month, we saw the first image of their new cast. Will Smith joins fellow cast members Mena Massoud, Marwan Kenzari and Naomi Scott on set as they begin work on the new reimagining.

Upon releasing the photo, Disney tweeted: “Meet the cast of : Will Smith (Genie),  (Aladdin),  (Jasmine), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar)! : 

Tony nominee Billy Magnussen will play Prince Anders, one of two new characters. Another new roles include that of Dalia – Princess Jasmine’s handmaiden and confidante – who will be played by Nasim Pedrad.

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Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud – who is currently in Amazon series Jack Ryan – will play Aladdin, with English actress and Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Will Smith is set to star as Genie, famously played by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 cartoon version, with Dutch hunk Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

Excited? We sure are.

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