Dutch-Tunisian actor Marwan Kenzari is set to play the villainous Jafar in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin.
He joins Mena Massoud as the titular hero, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, and Nasim Pedrad in a new role. Guy Ritchie is directing the film.
Most recently, Kenzari appeared in films like Ben-Hur, The Promise, and this summer’s The Mummy. He’ll also be seen in Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express this winter.
But let’s get to the important stuff. Most of all, how thirsty the internet is for the new Jafar. And we can’t really blame them. Just watch this video to see for yourself. Or check out the tweets below, which include plenty of photos (because citizens of the internet have their priorities right).
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
Live Action Jafar can get ittttttttt pic.twitter.com/6xvgniwwL7
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) August 4, 2017
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
But wait a minute… Jafar is still the villain. We can’t root against Aladdin, right? … right?
The new Jafar about to have everyone rooting against Aladdin. pic.twitter.com/hsD4Rmw6n5
— ﾑ ~ (@SindarMomoa) 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
And now fans are torn on who should end up together at the end.
I need to know what Aladdin look like cause if he not cute I'm gone be on jafar side & ship him & jasmine pic.twitter.com/93l4Qmpr4u
— Alluring Ivy✨ (@Drebae_) August 6, 2017
— Mike (@GaymerPolitico) August 8, 2017
Aladdin and Jasmine going to be battling it out over Jafar and that's just the facts. https://t.co/dJW9o7j6HL
— D. (@novaprada) August 7, 2017
Others are wondering about Disney’s casting choices for their villains.
if this is gaston and jafar, i can't wait to see who disney serves up as the heffalump in winnie the pooh pic.twitter.com/gKCCsgntd5
— Adam Rucker (@adamrucker) August 4, 2017
At the end of the day, however, there’s only one focus here.
Good morning to nobody except new Jafar pic.twitter.com/AxGdEeFgFy
— Mike T (@majtague) August 5, 2017
So what do you think of the new Jafar? Does he have you questioning where your loyalties lie? Should he end up with Aladdin at the end?