Disney: we can't find anyone to play Aladdin— Anna (@deadkili) July 11, 2017
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
Disney however, has casted Naomi Scott as the new face of Jasmine and Canadian new-coming actor Mena Massoud has joined the cast as Aladdin. The genie's character will be portrayed by Will Smith.
Although the cast has been officially announced and sealed, controversy continues as many are unhappy with the choices disney made. The biggest issue being that Naomi Scott isn't of Egyptian or middle eastern descent and fans feel that it doesn't portray Jasmine's character well enough. Check out some of whats being said on social media;
If i keep reading Naomi Scott was the perfect choice bc "no Arab women can sing/act like her" imma drop a thread on those who can do BETTER— yasmin (@zarasglory) July 16, 2017
this would be the perfect Aladdin cast don't @ me pic.twitter.com/ICMhXaTDsQ— sithlordkay (@sithlordkay) July 14, 2017
apparently disney have actually cast a white non arab jasmine for aladdin? pic.twitter.com/7dM6g4x7Us— indie (@COCONUTOILBAE) July 15, 2017
Lots of brown kids got called #Aladdin growing up. Now you want to make an Aladdin movie & don't want to cast one of us?— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) July 12, 2017
Very disappointed in the casting of Princess Jasmine. I like Naomi Scott but she is not Arab. Indian =/= Arab. She isn't dark enough too.— ???? (@Stacieleya98) July 17, 2017
Everyone will have their jokes, opinions and takes for this or any other casting. Aladdin has always been extremely popular since the beginning with its exotic feel and the difference of it from the rest of our classic fairytales. Seeing the success of Beauty and the Beast however, we are extremely excited for the the live action version of Aladdin and cannot wait to see how the new cast pulls off these iconic characters!
What do you think of the cast? Let us know!
By Maheen Malik