Homeland actor Navid Negahban has signed on to play the Sultan, rounding out the cast for Disney’s hotly anticipated live-action Aladdin redo, currently shooting outside London with Guy Ritchie at the helm. He joins Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud in the titular role of Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Sultan’s daughter Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.
Other cast members include Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders (potential husband for Princess Jasmine), and Numan Acar as Hakim.
The script is by John August, based on the 1992 classic animated film and stories from One Thousand and One Nights. Dan Lin is producing, while Marc Platt, Jonathan Eirich, and Kevin De La Noy serve as executive producers.
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) will provide the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken, along with Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (The Lion King), as well as two new songs by Menken and acclaimed La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Negahban is repped by Impression Entertainment and United Agents.