Who plays Jafar in 2019's Aladdin? Everyone is thirsting over Marwan Kenzari

20 December 2018, 15:15

By Katie Louise Smith

The internet had a lot of thoughts about the first look at Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin... and most of them were about Hot Jafar, played by Marwan Kenzari.

Unless your WiFi cut out yesterday, or you were simply just living under a very very big rock, chances of you having seen the first pictures of Disney's 2019 live-action Aladdin are pretty high. Shared yesterday by Entertainment Weekly, the first look at Guy Ritchie's remake has arrived and to be quite honest with you, the internet absolutely hated it. Well, they hate everything except for one very very important thing: Hot Jafar.

Fans were treated to some brand new pics of Mena Masood as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and the legend himself Will Smith as the Genie, complete with that absolutely awful ponytail perched on top of his head. (I'm sorry, I can't... don't hate me.) Fans were also treated to a glimpse of Aladdin's number one enemy Jafar and the reaction to him was decidedly... thirsty. Dwellers of Agrabah, please welcome to the stage... the hottest Disney villain of all time.

Who plays Jafar in 2019's Aladdin live-action remake?

Marwan Kenzari, Jafar in Aladdin
Marwan Kenzari, Jafar in Aladdin. Picture: GP Images/WireImage/Disney

Like any normal child, you probably had an absolute distain for Jafar in the original Disney animated movie. But OH HOW THE TABLES MIGHT HAVE TURNED because in the live-action remake, Jafar is played by the talented Marwan Kenzari, a Tunisian-Dutch actor, and oh my god... he is gonna be THAT villain.

Marwan's had quite a few credits to his name, which means you've got tons of films and TV shows to catch up on before he hits the big screen as Jafar. You'll have probably seen him more recently in 2017's The Mummy remake as Malik and in Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express as Pierre Michel.

You can also see him on the cover of Men's Health magazine, shirtless. And on Instagram, but he hasn't posted any pictures yet. SAD! He also had a nude scene in the 2015 movie Bloedlink... but you didn't hear that from me x

Following the announcement of his casting, the thirst levels began rising. Several shirtless pics of Marwan made the rounds on Twitter but now that the pictures of him in full Jafar costume have arrived, the thirst levels on the internet are unquenchable and the memes are out of control.

Looks like we goin ✈️ stanning for the other side.

Sorry about it, street rat xoxo

"A broke liar" or the Royal Vizier, the most trusted advisor in Agrabah... who also has the foinest facial hair in the game??

1992 Jafar? I don't know him!

We really are rooting for you Aladdin but... the heart wants what it wants.

No comment...

Aladdin = one stale loaf of bread. Jafar = starter, main, desert, cheese board, coffee and a complimentary mint chocolate to top it off.


Props to Marwan but lest we forget the original Hot Jafar from his stint as the red Genie.

And when we're done with Hot Jafar, Aladdin's hot dad will rise.

This IS it, Chief.