Aladdin

Disney Is Allegedly ‘Browning Up’ White Extras for ‘Aladdin’
Disney Is Allegedly ‘Browning Up’ White Extras for ‘Aladdin’
Disney was met with anticipatory backlash upon announcing their plans for a live-action remake of Aladdin — the studio doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to diversity in front of and behind the scenes, after all. Despite hiring Guy Ritchie to direct the project, Disney publicly declared their commitment to enlisting regionally appropriate actors for Aladdin, which stars Mena Massoud as the eponymous hero opposite Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. But according to at least one actor on the set, Disney hasn’t entirely kept their promise.
Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Casts ‘Mummy’ Star as Jafar
Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Casts ‘Mummy’ Star as Jafar
According to a recent LOL-worthy rumor, Guy Ritchie was eyeing Tom Hardy to play Jafar in his live-action remake of Aladdin, but today’s news will give your eyes a much-needed break from rolling: Disney has not only lined up an actor for the role of the sinister villain in the upcoming live-action reimagining of their animated classic, but they’ve added a former SNL favorite to the cast, as well.
Disney Struggles to Find Leads for Live-Action ‘Aladdin’
Disney Struggles to Find Leads for Live-Action ‘Aladdin’
Disney has several live-action remakes in development, but two titles in particular have attracted a little extra attention: Aladdin and Mulan. Although pop culture is becoming increasingly socially conscious, Hollywood’s unfortunate history of whitewashing has left many (rightfully) concerned over the casting for both of these films, especially since the studio behind them doesn’t exactly have the best track record with diversity. And while Disney has made it clear that they’re committed to casting actors of relevant ethnicity in Aladdin and Mulan, a new report reveals that the studio is struggling to do so for at least one of those projects.
Rumor: Guy Ritchie Wants Tom Hardy for Jafar in ‘Aladdin’
Rumor: Guy Ritchie Wants Tom Hardy for Jafar in ‘Aladdin’
Is Tom Hardy doing OK? I mean, financially? After years of alternating between prestige films (The Revenant, Dunkirk) and more idiosyncratic projects (Legend, The Drop), Hardy seems to have accepted a streak of surprisingly mainstream blockbuster roles. After being attached to Ubisoft’s video game adaptation Splinter Cell for several years, Hardy recently shocked fans by accepting the title role in Sony’s Venom spinoff. And now, perhaps most surprising of all, is the rumor that Hardy is very close to signing on for the role of Jafar in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. At this point, maybe we should create a GoFundMe for whatever gambling debt Hardy seems to have racked up.
Will Smith Eyed for Genie in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’
Will Smith Eyed for Genie in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’
Get your Prince Ali mash-up memes ready because Will Smith might be taking on the role of the charismatic Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. The studio was previously in talks with Smith to play the villain role in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo movie, and although those discussions ultimately fell apart, it looks as though Disney might be able to land the actor for a part in another one of their many, many, many live-action remakes.
Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Holds Open Casting Call for Lead Roles
Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Holds Open Casting Call for Lead Roles
Hey, are you between the ages of 18 and 25? Are you of Middle Eastern descent? Are you free from April of this year right on through to January 2018? Have you ever been described as ‘telegenic,’ and most importantly, can you hit a high C? Then good news, you have a solid shot at landing one of the starring roles in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action Aladdin remake for Disney!

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