Just this week Disney announced that production had begun on their live-action remake of Aladdin and posted the final cast list. One character noticeably missing from it was Jafar's talking parrot and sidekick Iago. The film cast Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards. right-hand man and head of the palace guards, who seems to be replacing Iago.
People seem to think that character has been cut to make the film more realistic than the animated version. Iago could also be present in the film in a non-speaking role (but who wants that?)
It is unknown if other animal sidekicks Aladdin monkey Abu and Jasmine's pet tiger Rajah will be included or not as they have non-speaking roles. The film cast Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante, a character which was not present in the animated version.