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Disney is Having Trouble Finding Middle Eastern Actors For 'Aladdin'


 
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Disney is Having Trouble Finding Middle Eastern Actors For 'Aladdin'
 

 
Disney’s magic carpet ride has hit a bit of turbulence.

The studio and Aladdin director Guy Ritchie launched a global casting call in March to find the stars for the musical based on the hit 1992 animated film about a street kid who teams with a genie to woo the princess Jasmine. Disney, Ritchie and casting director Randi Hiller brought on casting directors around the world, from London to Egypt to Abu Dhabi and India, for what sources say is a massive global search: Around 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the lead roles of Jasmine and Aladdin.

But finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven difficult — especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent (the animated film is set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah). The original casting call specified that production was slated to begin by July, but the search has dragged on, with Disney and Ritchie having to go back to the drawing board multiple times. Sources say there have been several rounds of tests in London, with the actors coming in for up to two weeks at a time. “The test process was a mess,” says one agent with a client who tested.

While the studio had interest in Dev Patel, 27, and Riz Ahmed, 34, the male lead will likely be a newcomer. Sources say the studio is eyeing Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott, 24, or Indian actress Tara Sutaria, 21, to play Jasmine, but can’t lock the deal until the male lead has been selected since chemistry is so important to the story. (Will Smith is signed on to play the Genie, and sources say the studio is after known names for the role of the villain Jafar).

Among the newcomers who were still in the running for the riffraff/street rat in the most recent rounds of testing were Dutch actor Achraf Koutet, Canadian actor Mena Massoud and American George Kosturos.

As the search has dragged on (sources say the filmmakers went back to dig through the tapes once again when the most recent round of testing did not go well), the studio has brought on two movie-musical veterans to consult on the project: Marc Platt, who has a strong background in producing musicals and worked on Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns; and Chris Montan, a longtime executive music producer for Disney’s animated project such as Pocahontas, Toy Story, Hercules and Frozen.

The lengthy casting process could be a promising sign, however. Disney has had success with previous extensive casting searches for its live-action fare, from Lily James as Cinderella to Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and insiders say the studio's delay in landing Aladdin is due to its determination to get the casting right for such a beloved and iconic character.

The live-action adaptations of its classic animated films has been a key strategy for the studio that has paid off with hits including Cinderella ($543.5 million worldwide), Maleficent ($758.5 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($1.3 billion). As is the case with Aladdin, Disney is also committed to finding culturally appropriate leads for its other live-action feature, Mulan, focusing its casting search in mainland China.

With shooting for Aladdin now planned to start in August, Disney may have to use all three of its wishes to find its diamond in the rough.

127 comments for "Disney is Having Trouble Finding Middle Eastern Actors For 'Aladdin'"

 2 years ago '05        #2
Based_One 89 heat pts89
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This sounds like when tech companies add oc requirements to jobs so they can just hire H1B workers

 2 years ago '09        #3
WasabiTuna 20 heat pts20
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They're just using that as an excuse to white wash.

 2 years ago '16        #4
castroThirteen 
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all these damn bollywood actors and you can't find nobody?


 2 years ago '16        #5
Sleepy 197 heat pts197
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 WasabiTuna said
They're just using that as an excuse to white wash.
This

Every Bollywood movie is a fu*king musical, fu*k out of here with the lies

 2 years ago '07        #6
CadillacVyse 1018 heat pts1018
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 Sleepy said
This

Every Bollywood movie is a fu*king musical, fu*k out of here with the lies
This right here. They on that bullsh*t!

 2 years ago '17        #7
PharaohWinter 31 heat pts31
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they can find people that look arab or are arab this sh*t aint hard


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 2 years ago '14        #8
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 2 years ago '04        #9
Snipper 14 heat pts14
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Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
I like, that idea.

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 2 years ago '05        #11
highcalibermusi 1 heat pts
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aint no trouble finding middle eastern actors, the trouble is they dont want too

 2 years ago '06        #12
Skateboard T 52 heat pts52
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Alladin is in his early 20's guys lol you need somebody able to play a young guy not a 30/40 year old man.

 2 years ago '13        #13
Thongsong19 4 heat pts
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Girl from quantico would be the perfect Jasmine


 2 years ago '05        #14
illMattie 138 heat pts138
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 castroThirteen said
all these damn bollywood actors and you can't find nobody?

People seriously think India is Middle East?

 2 years ago '09        #15
Ms Ambitious 249 heat pts249
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 SkateboardT said
Alladin is in his early 20's guys lol you need somebody able to play a young guy not a 30/40 year old man.
Aladdin was 18

Jasmine was 15, turning 16

 2 years ago '06        #16
Michael 785 heat pts785
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Avan Jogia. He's the closest.

 2 years ago '04        #17
Young Professa 11 heat pts11
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 SkateboardT said
Alladin is in his early 20's guys lol you need somebody able to play a young guy not a 30/40 year old man.
i hear what you're saying, but let's not act like as though we haven't seen a million "teen movies" with actors well in to their 20's and 30's portraying kids experiencing acne in their perverted adventures.

 2 years ago '06        #18
Michael 785 heat pts785
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 Ms Ambitious said
Aladdin was 18

Jasmine was 15, turning 16
That age gap. fu*king pedo a*s hollywood never fails.

 2 years ago '07        #19
TH35 112 heat pts112
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 WasabiTuna said
They're just using that as an excuse to white wash.
I doubt it. Disney sells itself.

 2 years ago '16        #20
castroThirteen 
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 Zack Morris said
They say Middle Eastern actors, and this dummy talking about India. Get off the internet and read a book.

Also anybody who propped this is equally retarded
Read a book? but your dumb a*s didn't even read the article :jtlol: "Indian descent"


Remedial mf.


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 2 years ago '16        #21
castroThirteen 
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 illMattie said
People seriously think India is Middle East?
Nah India is Asia. But youre Another idiot who didn't actually read the article :jtlol:

You n*ggas love making yourselves look like fools.


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 2 years ago '08        #22
Nut-In-Honeys 12 heat pts12
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They will find a foreigner like Justin beiber

 2 years ago '07        #23
CadillacVyse 1018 heat pts1018
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 Zack Morris said
Funniest thing is y'all (sensitive internet people who always need to complain about nothing) the ones who put them in this box.

It probably would have been a lot easier and more effective to cast this thing with Indian actors playing Middle Eastern. But if that happened the NPR crowd would be all on Twitter talking about "Disney is culturally insensitive. BOYCOTT"

Now they stuck in this box. If they want this to mirror the original they need good young actors, who speak fluent English, and who also happen to be of Middle Eastern descent.

How many of those do you think there are with SAG cards, when Hollywood for the last 40 years has only cast Middle Eastern actors in bit parts and as primitive terrorists? Guarantee it's a lot of those actors that they're running into right now in this search. So it's partially Hollywood fault too
Might've helped if you read the article Zack.

.But finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven difficult — especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent (the animated film is set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah).

 2 years ago '07        #24
bluehefner96 119 heat pts119
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 WasabiTuna said
They're just using that as an excuse to white wash.
lmfaooo

 2 years ago '17        #25
QdobaCasanova 12 heat pts12
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 WasabiTuna said
They're just using that as an excuse to white wash.
I mean, did you really expect them to have an all brown cast. At most, I'd say 3 of the people in the movie are going to actually be brown people.

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