Today, The Hollywood Reporter released a recent report on Disney and Guy Richie’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. According to the report the studio just can’t seem to find the right actor and actress to play Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. They have searched through over 2,000 different actors for the roles without any luck in finding the perfect couple who have great chemistry as well as can sing and dance. They have even brought on Marc Platt and Chris Montan onto the project to help find their leads.
Now the report mentions that the studio at first was looking at Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One) for the role. However, mention that a newcomer is most likley going to get the lead role once they find him. Currently, Dutch actor Achraf Koutet, Canadian actor Mena Massoud and American George Kosturos are on the shortlist of newcomers for the role.
The report also mentions that Power Rangers breakout star Naomi Scott (who is of East Indian decent) and Indian actress Tara Sutaria (The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir) are also being considered for the role of Jasmine. However, they can’t lock down their Jasmine until Aladdin is cast because they need that perfect chemistry between the two leads. Also, the hunt for Jafar is also on as the films antagonist. Lastly, the report confirms Will Smith is set to play the genie in the upcoming film.
We at Omega Underground had learned that production on Aladdin was expected to begin in August but with the hunt for their leads in question; that timetable seems very unlikely.
Aladdin has no set release date