After months-long search and in different locations for cast hunting worldwide including the UAE, Egypt and India, Guy Ritchie and Disney are still struggling to find a lead actor to play Aladdin.
Aladdin’s British producer and director Ritchie launched a global casting call in March to find stars for the musical but so far, he failed to come up with a final pick, New Musial Express (NME) reported on Wednesday.
Aladdin’s production initially was scheduled to begin by July but the search for a male lead of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent in his 20s, who can act and sing, proved to be futile.
Sources told NME that there have been several rounds of tests in London, with the actors coming in for up to two weeks at a time. However, one agent with a client who tested said, “The test process was a mess.”
Hollywood Reporter citing sources said the studio is eyeing Power Rangers actress Naomi Scot, 24, or Indian actress Tara Sutaria, 21, to play Jasmine but can't make a final decision until a male lead has been selected.
Some people on social media expressed their frustration while others proposed their picks as the search continues.
if the film industry can actively seekout middle eastern actors to portray terrorists it shouldn't be this difficult finding one for aladdin https://t.co/T5PujUa1Au— Simra (@simplysimra) July 11, 2017
Initial names included the Pakistani British actor Riz Ahmed and the Indian British actor Dev Patel.
Priyanka Chopra as Princess Jasmine and Dev Patel as Aladdin would have the whole world shooK! pic.twitter.com/uDh03KE5QL— Black Bill Gates. (@WrittenByTerry) July 11, 2017