Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Film to Cast Middle Eastern Leads

Fancy a flight on a magic carpet? Then you might just have the chance to explore a whole new world when Disney’s live-action Aladdin hits cinemas soon. The production studio stirred up a lot of attention for the highly anticipated project by announcing that they are currently on the hunt for their next Aladdin and Jasmine.

Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Film Casting Lead Stars

Live-Action Aladdin

The live-action Aladdin will be directed by Guy Ritchie with a script written by John August, the screenwriter behind Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. Aladdin is set to follow in the footsteps of Disney’s re-imagined Beauty and the Beast film, which was released to cinemas just this week. Disney has said that while the live-action film will stick to its original story line, the production will be both an “ambitious and nontraditional take” on the 1992 animated feature. Like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin will also be a musical.

The original Aladdin was part of Disney’s animation renaissance. It is a retelling of a Middle Eastern folk tale involving a young thief and a genie trapped in a lamp. The genie was famously voiced by the late Robin Williams, who provided a lot of heart and creativity to the now iconic character.

The movie also won two Oscar awards, one for Best Score and another for Best Song recognition for “A Whole New World.”

Aladdin and Jasmine

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news about the worldwide casting call. Casting directors are looking for Middle Eastern actors from the age of 18 to 25 to play Aladdin and Jasmine. Requirements for the lead roles are the following:

  • Actors must be of Middle Eastern descent
  • Should be of ages 18 to 25 years
  • Must be able to sing
  • Dance experience

Disney seems to be sticking true to its platform in casting actors of the same ethnicity as the character they represent. Last year, they cast Polynesian-born Auli’i Cravalho to voice Moana in the Oscar-nominated film Moana. They are also on the hunt for a Chinese actress to play Mulan in another live-action remake that is set to hit cinemas on late 2018.

Although production of the live-action Aladdin will run for over six months starting in July 2017 to January 2018 in the United Kingdom, the rehearsals are to begin this year in April.

Those who meet the criteria stated above can submit a photo and video of themselves singing to

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