Hot on the heels of a new trailer for the movie, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Alan Tudyk was cast as Iago in the live-action “Aladdin” remake. Famously, comedian Gilbert Gottfried lent his iconic voice to the character throughout the franchise’s animated installments. Now, in the live-action update, it will be Tudyk voicing Jafar’s villainous sidekick. Tudyk previously lent his voice to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as K-2SO, a character he also took to several “Star Wars” video games.
Most casting decisions on the live-action “Aladdin” film were already well known and heavily debated. Will Smith as the Genie, for instance, was met with skepticism. Meanwhile, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar was met with praise. However, no one knew if the parrot Iago would have a speaking role this time around. It was always assumed, but never confirmed, leading to speculation about who might get the gig.
From the article:
Alan Tudyk is officially molting.
The actor is voicing Iago, the wise-cracking parrot sidekick to the villain Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) in Disney’s live-action film Aladdin, due in theaters May 24.
A number of previews for the film have been released, and Iago has been shown flying around, but not speaking. That’s created a cloud of mystery about who would be voicing the parrot. Gilbert Gottfried voiced Iago in the 1992 Disney animated feature film and in two direct-to-video sequels.
Iago is a classic Disney character and Tudyk is a well liked character actor. This actually fits like a glove. We now have something else to look forward to when the film hits at the end of May.