Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

9 desi actors who could believably play Aladdin

9 desi actors who could believably play Aladdin

But Disney still has yet to cast their Aladdin, and recent headlines indicate that the studio hasn't yet found the right person.

Ritchie's directing Disney's upcoming live-action version, and while he hasn't picked a leading man yet, fans on the Internet have been clamoring for Avan Jogia. who co-starred with Ariana Grande on "Victorious".

According to the site, over 2000 actors and actresses have read for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, although Disney is reportedly struggling to find a male lead in particular, given that it is specifically looking for someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent who can act and sing. Ritchie and casting director Randi Hiller, enlisted casting directors around the world to assemble the ideal cast for the movie.

Honestly, from a pool of 2,000 auditions, there wasn't one that fit into the role of Aladdin, not even from Bollywood or our local industry?

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But finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven hard - 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). Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel were on the cards, but no deals have been finalised yet. However, sources said the studio prefers to cast a newcomer to play Aladdin.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven hard - especially since the studio wants someone of Middle Eastern or Indian descent".

Meanwhile, Will Smith is the sole actor confirmed to be in "Aladdin" for now, Den of Geek reported.

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