Aladdin: Open casting call for lead roles and production dates revealed
The live-action version of the 1992 Disney animated film Aladdin will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Rock’n’rolla), and today a casting call went out for some of the leads. The call was posted on Twitter (confirmed by THR) and says that Disney is looking for an actor and actress to play the roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasminel. As you can see in the post below, they’ve made it clear that the characters are Middle Eastern. They’re looking for actors who are between the ages of 18 and 25 who must be able to sing, with dancing skills as a plus. The call is for rehearsals to begin in April of this year, with the film shooting in the U.K. from July 2017 to January 2018.
Scott Weinger (Fuller House) and Linda Larkin (Joshua) played the roles in the Disney film, as well as voicing the role for follow up films and video games. Take a look at the casting announcement below.
John August (Big Fish) has penned the script for the film, which will, this casting announcement confirms, keep the musical elements of the 1992 film. Aladdin joins a long list of live-action remakes by Disney of their classic animated films, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Dumbo, and more. Aladdin was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “A Whole New World.” The late Robin Williams played the Genie in the film.