Disney is reportedly on a lookout for a male lead to play the title character in the live-action "Aladdin" musical. But the magic carpet vacancy hit a bit of turbulence after the studio and movie director Guy Ritchie couldn’t find anyone suitable for the role.
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 Ritchie couldn’t find anyone suitable to play Prince Ali in his movie.
Apparently, the studio is having a tough time in casting because they want an actor preferably of Middle Eastern/South Asian descent who can act and sing.
It is believed 27-year-old Dev Patel, and Riz Ahmed, 34, were considered for the role previously but now the studio is looking for a newcomer.
When the news broke of Disney looking for a suitable male lead to play Aladdin, Twitter had quite the reaction.
These people were among the top suggestions.
1. Avan Jogia
The Canadian has a massive fan following. The star of TV’s “Victorious,” “Twisted” and the “Tut” mini-series was among the top favorites. Jogia’s fans couldn’t believe Disney didn’t think of him to play the role of Aladdin.
"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
2. Bruno Mars
Some want to see the popular music artist play Aladdin. Who better at singing than the RNB music artist himself?
Bruno mars...let's go...— Mike North (@North2North) July 11, 2017
Brilliant pic.twitter.com/2Fu0WI4HPz— Bruce Lame (@Brucelame74) July 11, 2017
3. Kumail Nanjiani
The Pakistani-American comedian/actor asked Disney the big question himself, he didn’t even wait for his fans. He garnered massive support from his fans.
What am I, chopped liver? https://t.co/SfhZ91y8n5— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 11, 2017
you would be amazing!!— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) July 11, 2017
I'd watch you in that in a heartbeat. Disney better recognize…— Duane Sibilly (@valthonis) July 11, 2017
But some were skeptical about his age and dance moves.
I'm 99% in favor, but a video clip of your dance moves could clinch the deal. pic.twitter.com/KLKXpUUXvp— Kim Wilson (@grapenutsf) July 11, 2017
To be fair, I have not seen you dance.— Renu Zaretsky (@RenuZ) July 11, 2017
4. Hasan Minhaj
Popular comedian and "The Daily Show" contributor, Hasan Minhaj, is also among the fan favorites.
I feel like @hasanminhaj would make a great aladdin. ??— Semhal Tekeste (@sdotekeste) July 11, 2017
Film critics were worried that the film might get whitewashed, however the search for characters with a Middle Eastern descent have put those doubts to rest.
The movie production was scheduled to start in July, but has now been postponed to August.