News that a global casting call for an actor to play the lead role in Disney’s live-action musical “Aladdin” has come up short was met with a good measure of disbelief on social media Tuesday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, about 2,000 actors and actresses from around the world have read for the roles of Jasmine and Aladdin.
But alas, director Guy Ritchie has not found his prince.
‘Oh really?’ Twitter snarked.
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The clock is ticking. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month.
The studio was interested in 27-year-old Dev Patel, and Riz Ahmed, 34, but the role might go to a newcomer, according to THR.
“Power Rangers” actress Naomi Scott, 24, and Indian actress Tara Sutaria, 21, are possible Jasmines, but neither can be signed up until an Aladdin they have chemistry with is found.
One role that’s already filled: Genie, who will be played by Will Smith, according to THR.
When news broke that Disney hasn’t been able to find a male lead in his 20s of Middle Eastern or Indian descent who can act and sing, Twitter came up with a few suggestions.
One actor suggested, well, himself.
“What am I, chopped liver?” tweeted “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani, whose new movie “The Big Sick” recently premiered.
Fans of Canadian actor Avan Jogia, star of TV’s “Victorious,” “Twisted” and the “Tut” mini-series tossed his hat into the ring.
Or what about Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, Twitter wondered?
This is Roshan:
“HRRRRMMMMM. If only there were a subcontinent, maybe with say, over a billion people, that also had a booming international film industry — one that was known for musicals!” snarked Fusion.
“Look, we get that Aladdin and Jasmine are iconic characters, and finding the right pair is essential. Still, the studio insisting that, out of more than a billion inhabitants of earth who are of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, they can’t find anyone who serves up musical chops and dramatic acting abilities? Sound more than a little suss to us.”
But hey, there’s always this guy in a pinch, Twitter suggested.
Everyone knows he can sing.