Disney is causing fans to go into a frenzy with all the speculations of upcoming live-action projects. From the recent success of Beauty and the Beast to talks of Mulan being released in 2018, we also get to look forward to seeing Cruella, Mary Poppins, the Lion King, and the rumored Tinker Bell. What’s definite is a remake of Aladdin. It’s already a mass success on Broadway and now one of your childhood favorites is coming to life.
It’s always interesting to see who will be cast as the characters we’ve grown up watching and what will stay the same or differ, what with feminist attitudes and Hollywood’s habit of whitewashing. Will Smith is officially set to play the iconic Genie, but so far he’s the only set cast member. Naomi Scott and Tara Sutaria have been rumored to be choices for Jasmine, but finding Aladdin is proving to be much harder.
Guy Ritchie is signed on to direct and he launched a global casting call, but has so far had no success. The studio is aiming to cast someone of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, and have been trying to decide whether to cast someone relatively known or someone unknown. Here are some of our picks.