Is a hot Jafar going to work for you? Disney is banking on “yes.”
The studio has officially cast Dutch-Tunisian actor Marwan Kenzari as the evil vizier Jafar in its latest live-action Aladdin remake, with Mena Massoud starring as Aladdin.
Oh, and Will Smith is playing the Genie. That’s one big bottle he has to fill since it doesn’t get any better than Robin Williams in the original animated classic.
Everyone pretty much has the same reaction to Kenzari, and it can be summed up in a single “dayum”:
me, when i see this is who they've cast as Jafar in the live action "Aladdin" pic.twitter.com/OWV7cZNOYP
— Thicc Repeal (@EricShethar) August 4, 2017
Old School Jafar: Here for it.
New Jafar (Now With Abs!): I remain resolutely here for the proverbial it.
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) August 4, 2017
Live Action Jafar can get ittttttttt pic.twitter.com/6xvgniwwL7
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) August 4, 2017
In case you hadn't noticed in your feed…GAY MEN LOVE THE NEW JAFAR casting choice. Congrats @DisneyStudios
— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) August 4, 2017
The new Jafar in Ritchie's "Aladdin". Nice. pic.twitter.com/OGkyK1vz9i
— Garth Franklin (@darkhorizons) August 4, 2017
jasmine's gonna be like "lmao die in an hourglass for all i care" pic.twitter.com/hW7bgbvwHQ
— alexis nedd (@alexisthenedd) August 4, 2017
There is no Aladdin this is now a movie about jafar as far as I am concerned
— erin mccann (@mccanner) August 4, 2017
Pretty sure I'm going to spend the entirety of the live action Aladdin on Jafar's side pic.twitter.com/0aLN46hPTA
— Richard Butler (@rmdbutler) August 4, 2017
Guess who is rooting for Jafar now
— Vedrana (@Missvedris) August 4, 2017
Disney just cast this actor, Marwan Kenzari, as Jafar in the live-action Aladdin, which I…uh…that is…um…what was I saying? pic.twitter.com/bVDv2JAZYs
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 4, 2017
But one real question still remains:
But the real question is will live action jafar be coded as gay or not
— Ben E (@RealToddHaynes) August 4, 2017