Will Smith will play the Genie in 'Aladdin' and more from D23 expo

Closing Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Featuring: Will Smith Where: Cannes, France When: 28 May 2017 Credit: IPA/ **Only available for publication in UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland**

Disney pulled out all the stops over the weekend at the D23 expo - making a number of casting announcements and showcasing a few clips from their much-anticipated "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Here's a look at what to expect from some of their upcoming projects:


We now know who will grace the screen in the live-action film as Aladdin and Jasmine.

Sean Bailey, Disney's production president, announced Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and Naomi Scott of "Power Rangers" to play the two lovebirds.

The Genie will be played by Will Smith.

Guy Ritchie will direct it.


Plan for a crossover with a rescue by the Guardians of the Galaxy in "Avengers: Infinity War."

Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr .Strange) and others joined in the panel.

The movie has a release date scheduled for May 4, 2018.


No trailer here - but Disney did give fans a look behind the scenes of their upcoming "Star Wars" flick set to release in December.

Carrie Fisher was seen in the footage explaining how it is powerful because its about family.

The movie will pick up where Rey and Luke Skywalker were last seen in "The Force Awakens" - on a remote cliff.

"The Last Jedi" comes to the big screen on December 15, for those who haven't yet marked their calendars.


Joining the many classics with a live-action adaptation, "The Lion King" director Jon Favreau gave fans a minute to savor some footage: Baby Simba lifted up as "The Circle of Life" plays in the background.

Sticking to the same formula as his take on "The Jungle Book," animals looked realistic.

Donald Glover, also joining Disney in their "Star Wars" spinoff of Han Solo, will voice Simba.

The movie will debut in July 2019.


Fans got an eyeful of unreleased footage from the sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The 1964 classic will carry some similarities to Julie Andrews' performance, but with a Blunt interpretation.

Her take includes inspiration from the P.L Travers books.

The release is scheduled for Christmas 2018.


Also getting a live-action film, "Dumbo" will get the Tim Burton treatment.

It is slated for release in March 2019.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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