‘Aladdin’ Reportedly Struggling With Casting Its Leads

AladdinOne of the live-action adaptations that Disney is working on from their line of classic animated films is Aladdin, with Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie at the helm. While a global casting search for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine has been going on since March, it appears that the studio is struggling with finding its two leads.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that despite over 2000 actors having auditioned for the roles, the casting department still hasn’t locked in their leads. According to the report, the main issue has been that they haven’t been able to find an actor for Aladdin who can both act and sing. Filming was set to start this month, but due to this issue, Ritchie and his team are now forced to delay production until August.

The studio has been apparently looking at actors like Dev Patel (Lion) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) for Aladdin, but are most likely going to go with a new face. Newcomers such as Achraf Koutet, American George Kosturos, and Mena Massoud are some of the top contenders for the leading role as of right now. According to THR, the reason why casting Aladdin is so hard is because Disney is 110% set on nailing the casting, given how iconic the beloved hero is.

As for Jasmine, the studio is reportedly looking at Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) and Tara Sutaria (Oye Jessie), but the role is not yet cast. The reason for that is that the studio is waiting to find the right actor for Aladdin first so they can do chemistry tests with actresses for Jasmine.

We heard last month that Tom Hardy was reportedly being eyed to play the villainous Jafar, while Will Smith, according to THR, is signed on to play the Genie. The trade states that Disney wants to go with a big name for the role of Jafar, but it remains to be seen whether the studio will cast a Middle-Eastern actor

In addition, Disney has also brought on musical producer Marc Platt (Mary Poppins Returns) and executive music producer Chris Montan (Pocahontas, Toy Story, Hercules, Frozen) to consult on Aladdin.

Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin currently doesn’t have a set release date.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Disney Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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  • Maxi Iroh

    Riz Ahmed is a good choice.

    • Darthmanwe

      And too old.

  • Steven McLoud

    Ashraf Barhom would be a good Jafar

  • After watching “Lion” I thought Dev Patel would be perfect