Being evil has never looked so good. According to The Wrap, Marwan Kenzari is in talks to play Jafar in the live action Aladdin, and the internet is pretty sure he's too hot to be a villain. Not that they're complaining. In fact, the general consensus among fans is that Kenzari will make an excellent addition to the cast, which already includes Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
The Dutch actor is best known for his roles in The Mummy, The Promise, and Ben-Hur. Before he suits up to play the villainous sorcerer Jafar, Kenzari will appear in another update of a literary classic: Murder on the Orient Express. This is one actor whose star is on the rise in a big way, and landing a gig to play such a famous Disney character is already increasing his fanbase.
Given the reactions on Twitter, Aladdin may end up overshadowed in his own movie. The lovable thief has some serious work to do if he wants to be as instantly cool as Kenzari's Jafar has the potential to be. As Disney villains go, Jafar is right up there with Scar and Ursula, so it's going to take a dynamic actor to bring him to life. Kenzari's impressive list of credits certainly makes it sound like he's the perfect man for the job. The fact that he's hot is just a bonus — one that the internet happens to be pretty excited about.
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
It's impossible to blame anyone for losing their train of thought when talking about Kenzari. There's no denying the actor is a serious upgrade over the animated version, who had the evil part down, but was lacking in the hotness department. This Twitter user makes a valid point. Is Kenzari's Jafar going to lead to fans rooting for the sorcerer? The answer to that question is yes, most definitely.
...yep Marwan Kenzari as Jafar is WAY hotter than the actor playing Aladdin. Who are we supposed to root for again? pic.twitter.com/3BeXhSDo8i— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) August 4, 2017
Hey, crushing on the villain is nothing new though. Kenzari is just going to add Jafar to the list of bad guys who are also easy on the eyes. And hey, if the worst problem the movie has to face is fans being distracted by Jafar's new look, then Disney has nothing to worry about, because it seems like most of them are already on board with this particular change.
Because at the end of the day, Kenzari's good looks won't stop him from being terrifying. And that will always be Jafar's true defining quality. Well, that, and his ability to rock a cloak like nobody's business.
Now, the real question people should be asking is will Kenzari be growing a goatee for this role? Inquiring Jafar fans need to know.