Aladdin: Power Rangers' Naomie Scott in the Running for Jasmine

13 July, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Rita Burton
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Princess material! Naomi Scott (who is of British and Indian descent) and Indian talent Tara Sutaria are reportedly on the short list to play Jasmine.

Disney is making it a point to be culturally sensitive with its choice of who will play Aladdin in its live-action remake, but the search is proving harder than expected.

Screen Rant will keep you updated with any information related to the live-action musical remake of Aladdin.

So, when The Hollywood Reporter stated that - despite an worldwide open casting call and talks with a series of big names - Disney is still struggling to find a leading man, the good people of Twitter had more than a few observations to make.

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More on the movie as we hear it... The only person who has definitely been locked down is Will Smith, who will play Genie. Hence, they set their eyes upon India; they hired famous Mumbai-based casting director Tess Joseph to find their Aladdin and Jasmine in India.

Disney and director Guy Ritchie have shown interest in Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One) for the role of Aladdin, but it seems likely that they will be going with a relatively unknown option. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says that the studio is finding it hard to find actors to play the lead roles in the movie.

Ritchie and Disney very well may be having genuine trouble finding a viable actor for Aladdin, a role which is demanding and requires an exhausting amount of charisma, but the fact that they're even looking at Indian actors at all raises red flags. Many members of the Twitterati, across the globe, reacted on the development.

The studio has a few actresses in mind for Jasmine, but are not pulling the trigger until they can see which actress has the right chemistry with the actor they cast as Aladdin. All Eastern people are not brown, and vice-versa.

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