Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Has Casting Problems

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Disney's series of live-action fairy tale reboots have proven hugely popular so far, and there many more to come over the next few years, including The Lion King, The Jungle Book 2, and Mulan. However, it has been reported that the producers of the much-anticipated remake of Aladdin can't find anyone to play the lead role.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has so far been unable to find an actor to take on the role of Aladdin. The site states that Disney wants to cast an actor in his 20s, who can sing and dance, and is of "Middle-Eastern or Indian descent."

THR reports that the casting process has stretched on for many months. There have been a number of rounds of screen tests, with director Guy Ritchie going back to earlier taped auditions when the most recent tests failed to produce any contenders.

THR notes that established stars Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire) and Riz Ahmed (Star Wars: Rogue One, Jason Bourne) were considered, but that the role of Aladdin is most likely to go to an unknown. While the studio has a number of actresses in mind to play Princess Jasmine, including Power Rangers star Naomi Scott, the casting of a female lead very much depends on the chemistry with whoever is chosen to play the title role.

In April, it was reported that Will Smith will appear as the Genie, a role played by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. The film was originally set to begin production this month, but it has now moved back to August. It doesn't currently have a release date.

In related news, it was announced this week that comedian and late night TV host John Oliver will play the role of Zazu in the upcoming live-action version of The Lion King. Oliver joins the like of Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and Billy Eichner (Timon). The Lion King is set for release in July 2019.

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Aladdin is an Arab tale, so I'm guessing we should call out everybody looking for Indian actors as racists?

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Pfff forget the lead actor. If there is no Robin Willians to reprise his role as the genie, you might as well never make it.

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I personally get sick of these live-action movies by Disney. It does not matter how much money they make. Disney gets lazy with their ideas,

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There has to be a good English speaking bollywood actor out there.

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@cfscorpio: Actually, my Indian friends tell me many of them speak English exceptionally well.

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If they have casting problems, they should try switching baits. Always works with fishing in games. Should be the same in real life. Even if what you fish are actors instead of fishes.

In both it involves casting. It's only logical. Man. Disney should pay me for this brilliant idea.

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I have no problem with this going into development hell. Unless they can find an appropriate Middle Eastern lead, it shouldn't be pursued.

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Considering how many Indian actors are out there, I'm guessing their problem is that they don't want to use an actual Indian. They want to use an American or British actor that looks like he could possibly be Indian.

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How about no? Beauty and the Beast sucked. Just leave Disney universe as animated movies not cringy lined action fantasy for children to **** their minds up.

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Lol, there just aren't enough Indian actors out there! If only India had their own version of Hollywood. (sarcasm)

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@d9000: yeah don't a lot of Bollywood films star young, handsome men who sing and dance a bunch in their movies. I'm sure there's quite a few who speak English as well. Seems strange that they would struggle to find someone.

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Let me just say that "much anticipated" is hardly the phrase I'd use to describe this proposed film. The minute they reported Will Smith was to play Genie is the minute they effed this thing up beyond all hope. Personally I'd be completely satisfied with production being called off and the film never again seeing the light of day (Cave of Wonders reference FTW).

I love you, Disney, but you done screw things up a lot.

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@computernoises: I'm mad at you because you're probably right, and it sickens me (your statement, not that you're right).

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LOL... SJW have made it impossible to make this movie/

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Lol at grouping Indians (the South Asians) with Middle Easterners but then also ignoring the rest of the South Asian countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Wait a minute.......

There has been a production of Aladdin on Broadway for months. Broadway, as in, live theater. That means there are people who already HAVE played Aladdin who would be just fine, right?

Maybe, I don't know, look there?

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@olddadgamer: Exactly.

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@computernoises:

The Jangle Bouk:Yes.

Moulam:Tasty.

Alladdim:Legit.

Star Warp: Roge One:Should have been "Star Wasp:Rouge Two". But whatever!

Jason Osburne:YES! ALL OF MY YES!

Tower Rampers:Sounds like an 18+ movie. DEAR LORD!

The Loin Kling:*Lenny*

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@computernoises: triggered much?

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@computernoises: LOL