Director Guy Ritchie is reportedly hitting a bit of a bump in casting a lead for Disney’s live-action version of “Aladdin”.
In March, the studio and Ritchie scoured the globe, from London to India, in search of actors to star in the musical based on the 1992 animated classic.
Around 2,000 actors and actresses turned up to audition for the coveted role of Princess Jasmine and Aladdin.
But finding a male lead in his 20s, who is of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent, and can both act and sing was harder than Disney had anticipated.
Dev Patel, 27, and Riz Ahmed, 34, were among the frontrunners, but the studio opted to go with a newcomer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
They’ve also reportedly tested Dutch actor Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud from Canada and American George Kosturos.
But fans on Twitter were not having any of it and wanted to give Disney a piece of their mind:
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
— Jenny Yang👲👲🏽🐉 (@jennyyangtv) July 11, 2017
Even “Silicon Valley” and “The Big Sick” star Kumail Najiani threw his name into the ring:
What am I, chopped liver? https://t.co/SfhZ91y8n5
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 11, 2017
Here are 10 other actors that would be perfect to play Aladdin:
Disney: we can’t find anyone to play Aladdin
— Bitch Problems (@FemaleTexts) July 12, 2017
Avan Jogia as Aladdin? Like this? pic.twitter.com/QeJYmVXtQo
— Elu Thingol (@Strangeland_Elf) July 12, 2017
The 25-year-old “Twisted” and “Victorious” star is a clear fan favorite, with people tweeting about him being the IRL version of Aladdin. Don’t you just want to run your fingers through those dark locks?
While the 24-year-old, whose father is of British Pakistani descent, only has “Sesame Street” and “iCarly” under his acting credits, the former One Direction band member can sure belt it out.
This American actor of Indian descent is no stranger to playing a Disney character, appearing in 2016’s “The Jungle Book” as Mowgli’s father. He currently stars in Freeform’s “Stitchers” as the adorable Linus Ahluwalia.
Who better to play Aladdin than Aladdin himself from “Once Upon a Time”?
The Australian-born actor of Turkish origin had a recurring role as the Disney hero in ABC’s hit series for nine episodes.
This Canadian actor is part Goan Indian, British and Austrian, and according to his Twitter bio believes in “#aliens, #timetravel, #ghosts and #magic.” The 28-year-old remains silent on the Disney role, but he did express interest in playing Judas in a live Jesus Christ Superstar musical.
Dear universe, I would like to play Judas in a live Jesus Christ Superstar musical. Thank you.
— Jesse Rath (@jesserath) September 30, 2016
Identity Mag described Ahmed as “incredibly humble, funny, and charming in person”, which is what Aladdin is really all about. The 29-year-old Egyptian actor first got his starring role in the the film “Awqat Faragh” (Free Time) in 2006 after taking an acting workshop during his first year of college.
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At age 32, the Indian actor and former model has already received several accolades. He made his acting debut in “Student of the Year” for which he received a Stardust Award and SAIFTA Award for Best Male Debut.
Fans on Twitter have suggested numerous roles for this English actor of Indian origin, including Doctor Who and even James Bond (watch out Daniel Craig!).
Doctor Who, 007, Aladdin, Nightwing and Star Wars. It’s flattering that you guys suggest me for these franchises. Thank you, you’re sweet 😊
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) February 24, 2017
The “iZombie” star was also asked in 2015 what his favorite Disney movie is, to which he replied “Aladdin.”
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) October 20, 2015
We’re on the same page innit? pic.twitter.com/0sHyf5dLSZ
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) October 12, 2016
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” star will be leading the cast of Fox’s upcoming medical drama, “The Resident”.
We’re featuring this Egyptian-American actor and “Mr. Robot” star in every list from now on. Those eyes, that jaw.
That is all.