A live action adaption of "Aladdin" is in the works at Disney, but the Mouse House is reportedly having a hard time casting the title character, and Twitter doesn't understand why.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "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." And while established stars like Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") and Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") were flagged by the studio, it now sounds like the film will end up casting a newcomer in the role.
Names like Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos are "still in the running," while "Power Rangers" star Naomi Scott and Indian actress Tara Sutaria are being considered for the princess of Agrabah. Will Smith has already been cast as the Genie.
Twitter has been having a field day with the casting struggle, both criticizing Hollywood and offering up suggestions for who else could play the famous street rat. "The Big Sick" and "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiana even joked, "What am I chopped liver?
What am I, chopped liver? https://t.co/SfhZ91y8n5— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 11, 2017
Apparently, because so far "Victorious" alum Avan Jogia is getting the most support online, with the below tweets getting major likes and retweets.
"we can't find someone who can sing and can dance to play Aladdin" pic.twitter.com/gPnJIj8dL8— yasmin (@mightywilk) July 11, 2017
Y'all are sleeping on Avan Jogia and Jade Thrilwall for Aladdin. THEY BOTH CAN SING AND LOOK SIMILAR TO THE CHARACTERS AND CAN ACT pic.twitter.com/l78ef0dZwB— MC (@mariahnmichael) July 11, 2017
YO GUY RITCHIE I FOUND AN ALADDIN pic.twitter.com/4QTAd5poBD— lauren elizabeth (@princesssrenn) July 11, 2017
avan jogia or 'beck from victorious' could look, act, and dance the part of aladdin and disney still struggling to find someone? smh pic.twitter.com/FaHcVV0bMv— kya (@nykaiya) July 11, 2017
If @AvanJogia isn't in this live action Aladdin I don't wanna see it— Sea-Eau-Are-E-Why? (@CoreyHew) July 11, 2017
Jogia seemingly responded to the fan support with the following tweet:
Other suggestions include:
Disney: "We can't cast Aladdin"— Anna🍊 (@Anna32516) July 11, 2017
Zayn: *Is amazing singer, and looks like Aladdin's twin*
"It's hard to find an actor for Aladdin."— Jasleen (@jaaaaaasleeen) July 11, 2017
Me: Avan Jogia, Ranveer Singh, Dev Patel, Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Fawad Khan, Rami Malek & etc. pic.twitter.com/f6DAI1HSxA
Rami Malek for Aladdin. He's talented and he's middle eastern.— faithful ethiopian™ (@brcwnskinned) July 11, 2017
Disney should just cast @azizansari as Aladdin I'd watch that in heart beat!— King J (@KingJ323) July 11, 2017
As for the more savage reactions to THR's report ...
and uh...how exactly is Disney having trouble casting aladdin???.... pic.twitter.com/5YRqUsnzah— t (@museumofdef) July 11, 2017
hey @Disney I heard you're struggling to find someone to play Aladdin have you considered Matt Damon? dude's got so much range— RUSTIK (@rustik69) July 11, 2017
Why is everyone acting like Disney isn't going to choose Kristen Stewart and Andrew Garfield to play Jasmine and Aladdin.— Sherane's Baby Daddy (@ASAPGrizzly12) July 11, 2017
Aladdin producers if u are looking for someone to play as jafar..I know somheone who would perfectly fit the character...say no more... pic.twitter.com/CKGlnKVA6O— daniah👐🏻 (@daniah_abd) July 11, 2017
disney remembering they can't cast a white man as aladdin: pic.twitter.com/aezTAeNyyQ— ㅤ (@dereonjean) July 11, 2017
I think Disney is just trying to find a way to break the news to the public that Will Smith forced them to cast Jaden as Aladdin— Kyle Davis (@kylestweetering) July 11, 2017