Disney Struggles To Find Cast For ‘Aladdin’, So Twitter Users Decided To Help
By Izza Sofia, 13 Jul 2017
Disney is reportedly struggling to find actors to fill the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine in the live-action remake of the animated classic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The studio, which started the casting search in March, has reportedly seen over 2,000 actors in London, Abu Dhabi, India and Egypt. However, it has not been able to find suitable young actors with backgrounds in singing.
Most members of the Aladdin cast are expected to be relative newcomers—except for Will Smith, who will reportedly be playing Genie. The Hollywood Reporter says Disney was interested in possibly casting British Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed, or Dev Patel, who is British of Indian descent, but it is unclear how far those conversations went.
People on Twitter were quick to offer their own suggestion of actors—aside from Ahmed and Patel—who may be able to take on the roles of Aladdin, Jasmine and Jafar.
Two of the most popular picks included Avan Jogia and Bollywood icon Hrithik Roshan. They even suggested Oded Fehr for the role of Jafar.
Take a look at some of the suggestions below.
Well you can't find better than Hrithik Roshan to do it, amazing actor and God of dance take note Disney !! pic.twitter.com/9P6X8joJUa— ☄ (@DeeplyNourx) July 11, 2017
There are plenty of amazing MENA & South Asian actors. I have a list. Give me a call Guy https://t.co/yDx07ONuNJ— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) July 11, 2017
[via The Hollywood Reporter, opening image via Twitter]
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