Disney’s live-action remake of the classic 1992 animated film “Aladdin” is set to debut on May 24, and fans are getting pretty excited. Especially since the first look at the cast dropped in December 2018. At that point, people find got a chance to see how these classic characters were going to be portrayed in real life. And though Jafar is the villain in the film, people immediately noticed that the actor portraying him, Marwan Kenzari, was less evil sorcerer and more Hollywood hunk.
Author Dana Schwartz took to Twitter to point out how attractive he is, sharing a shot of him from the movie, writing, “I think I’m Team Jafar, you guys”:
Later, she added, “Remember that scene in ‘Aladdin’ where Jasmine has to pretend to be into Jafar so he doesn’t notice Aladdin?…I don’t think she’ll have to pretend.”
Her tweet caught on and was re-tweeted 147 times. Other people also chimed in on social media to express their admiration for the handsome actor. There’s even a hashtag, #HotJafar, with many using it to question whether Aladdin can stand a chance against this dashing villain:
“Aladdin who? #MarwanKenzari #HotJafar” wrote Twitter user @HeyMariaheyy alongside a photo of the smoldering actor.
You may recognize the 36-year-old Dutch-Tunisian actor from his starring role in the Netflix original movie “The Angel.” He also appeared in a number of other films, including “Wolf,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Ben-Hur.”
The first full-length trailer for the “Aladdin” remake was released in March 2019, and it only further fanned the flames of moviegoers’ excitement. In case you missed it, check it out below:
While there are certainly some differences from the original animated film, there are also a lot of commonalities, including several original songs from the first movie.
“Clearly people are very attached to the original songs and clearly that’s part of the DNA, so we didn’t really want to stray from the original stuff, just an embellishment with a couple of new tracks,” director Guy Ritchie told Entertainment Weekly of the remake’s soundtrack.
Are you excited for the premiere of “Aladdin”? And more importantly, are you also Team Jafar?