Good news, everyone!
The main cast for “Aladdin” has been announced and everything went better than expected. No, Guy Ritchie didn’t pretend to shop around for racially correct actors before settling on Ryan Gosling or Scarlett Johansson — insane, right?
And while Disney didn’t take our suggestions for “Aladdin”, we’re confident their top pick will do the role justice.
Meet Mena Massoud, A.K.A the new Aladdin!
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017
I mean, look at him. He’s perf.
And we’re totally feeling the Aladdin vibes here.
Next we have the lovely leading lady, Naomi Scott, who will be playing Princess Jasmine!
But everyone probably knows her better as Kimberly, the Pink Ranger from the 2017 Power Rangers Movie.
Scott grew up in the U.K. with a British/Scottish father and a Gujarati (Indian) mother.
Waaaaaaaay better than Emma Stone or ScarJo.
Disney decided to cast another voice to give life to Genie’s character. And while no one can ever truly replace the beloved Williams’ absolute magic, the reality is that they needed a new voice if they were to add Aladdin to their growing live-action library.
And that new voice is certainly causing a commotion — Will Smith.
The internet has gone wild.
*hears will smith is going to play the genie in the aladdin live action remake and rushes out to do the most obvious joke ever* pic.twitter.com/J4kKFeggcq
— Stephen, Inc. (@arualucard) July 15, 2017
If Will Smith as the genie doesn’t say “I’ve been trapped in this lamp for a Willennium” I want my money back
— Austin Bridges (@austinabridged) July 15, 2017
Will Smith can pull off the voice of Genie. Nobody can do what Robin did. No point in trying. Will can make it fun.
— Small Freedia (@KidFury) July 15, 2017
Will Smith as Genie for Aladdin is perfect.
I mean my second choice would’ve been.. pic.twitter.com/SpsQRKqcn8
— Bardock Obama🐝 @EVO (@SavinTheBees) July 15, 2017
Overall, everyone has been very pleased with this casting, although some eyebrows have been raised over Scott’s mixed/non-Middle Eastern heritage.
they cast naomi scott to play jasmine…… but fam shes indian, not middle eastern pic.twitter.com/Z7CcLyQdff
— belinda (@pcnisparker) July 15, 2017
so apparently naomi scott’s mama is half indian so she’s 3/4 white sjsjsjjs princess jasmine is 3/4 white pic.twitter.com/lyWMEj5CGk
— b 🌺 (@Igbtxmen) July 15, 2017
naomi scott got cast as jasmine i’ve never been more disappointed and i’m a huge fan of naomi
— n (@smhoco) July 15, 2017
But there are just as many people rushing to her defense as well.
“Why is Naomi Scott going to play Jasmine?” Because she auditioned and they fucking chose her. It’s not her fault.
— notyourhero ⚢ ➗ (@PatriciaMendie) July 15, 2017
If y’all wanted Avan Jogia, a Native American, to play Aladdin and now you’re bitching and crying about Naomi Scott as Jasmine: fuck you.
— Vivi. (@P0pul4r) July 15, 2017
MY GIRL NAOMI SCOTT AS PRINCESS JASMINE???? ICONIC
— sarah reeds (@sasheegirl) July 15, 2017
At any rate, we’re very here for this movie and cannot wait until it releases!