“The Mummy”‘s Marwan Kenzari, who next appears in the all-star “Murder on the Orient Express”, is in negotiations to star as the villain Jafar in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin”.
At the same time, former “Saturday Night Live” comedienne Nasim Pedrad has been cast in the Guy Ritchie directed project. She plays a character specifically created for the new movie.
The film, scripted by John August, sees Mena Massoud play Aladdin, Will Smith as “the genie”, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and, if a deal makes, Kenzari as the villain Jafar.
Jonathan Freeman voiced the role in the 1992 movie.