This week, Disney and Aladdin fans were shocked when the studio and director Guy Ritchie revealed that they're having a difficult time finding their Aladdin and Jasmine for the live-action adaptation.
After months and months of global search that called for the help of casting directors from London, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, and India, the actor who'll make our Aladdin dreams come to life is still nowhere to be found. The studio is reportedly eyeing a newcomer and are finding it difficult to have an actor in his 20s who can also sing and dance.
Other reports also said that the studio's already set their eyes on Power Rangers' Naomi Scott or Indian actress Tara Sutaria to play Princess Jasmine, but that they can't lock a deal without knowledge of who's playing the role of Aladdin first. (via HollywoodReporter.com)
So when this report came out, fans took their feelings to social media and started suggesting names of actors who can totally play Aladdin. Some even warned Disney to not cast a white actor or else... In an attempt to help the bosses pick someone who'll play Aladdin, we've rounded up five actors whose names popped up when this project's been announced. Hope this helps, Disney!
- Dev Patel
He is best known for: Skins (Anwar Kharral), Slumdog Millionaire (Jamal Malik), Lion (Saroo Brierley)
After his performances on Skins and Slumdog Millionaire, this 27-year-old actor went on to continue building an impressive acting portfolio. He got nominations for his performance in Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Last year, he won acting awards from the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) and Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) for his remarkable performance in Lion.
And in case Disney needs him to do musical scenes, no need to look far because Dev did this scene for Slumdog Millionaire.
- Avan Jogia
He is best known for: Victorious (Beck Oliver), iCarly (Beck Oliver), Tut (Tutankhamun)
When news about the live-action adaptation of Aladdin came out, Avan turned out to be a fan favorite! Born and raised in Vancouver, the 25-year-old actor played minor roles before landing the role of Beck Oliver on Nickelodeon's Victorious and on iCarly. He also got Teen Choice Awards nominations in 2013 and 2014 for playing Danny Desai on ABC Family's Twisted.
This year, he's slated to appear on Syfy Network's Ghost Wars and in the movies The Drowning, The Outcasts, The Year of Spectacular Men, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Paper Year.
- Riz Ahmed
He is best known for: Nightcrawler (Rick), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Bodhi Rook), The Night Of (Nasir Khan)
Aside from his roles on Rogue One and HBO's The Night Of, did you know that Riz was also in the movie Jason Bourne? He's also gotten nominations for his work on the British crime thriller Shifty, the British dark comedy film Four Lions, the British crime drama Ill Manors, and the American thriller Nightcrawler. For his work on The Night Of, Riz got acting nominations from the Golden Globe Awards and the SAGs.
Plus, he can sing, too. When he's not busy infront of the cameras, Riz is busy making music via the hip-hop group Swet Shop Boys.
- Rami Malek
He is best known for: Night at the Museum (Pharaoh Akhmenrah), Mr. Robot (Elliot Alderson)
Before his movie debut in Night at the Museum and before he won acting awards last year from the Critics' Choice Television Awards and the Emmys, Rami first played minor roles on TV via Gilmore Girls, Over There, and Medium. He then got a lead role on The War at Home and then went on to appear in Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of Smithsonian.
The best part? Next year, he is set to appear in Bohemian Rhapsody to play Freddie Mercury where he revealed he'll be singing a bit. Please take note of this, Disney.
- Suraj Sharma
He is best known for: Life of Pi (Pi Patel), Homeland (Aayan Ibrahim)
Believe it or not, Suraj's acting debut happened in the critically-acclaimed movie Life of Pi, for which he got nominations and won awards (Las Vegas Film Critics Society, MTV Movie Awards, Saturn Awards), under director Ang Lee. After that, everything just shined brighter for this Indian actor. He joined the cast of Homeland from 2014 until 2015 and even worked with Disney for the movie Million Dollar Arm in 2014.
Who would you want to play Aladdin, Candy Girls? Let's talk in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)