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Uh-oh, it looks like the live-action 'Aladdin' can't find someone to play Aladdin

They can’t find a diamond in the rough.

By Jessica Chandra
Aladdin

Aladdin is one of the classic Disney animated movies getting a live-action remake in the coming years. This one will be directed by Guy Ritchie, the ex-husband of Madonna, and has Will Smith in talks to play everyone’s favourite character, Genie.

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However! It appears the film is having trouble casting Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, which we can all agree is a pretty big deal, and will impact the movie significantly.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio and Ritchie still haven’t come to a decision about who will play the leads, despite launching a global casting call back in March. For the role of Aladdin, they advertised for an actor of Middle Eastern descent in his 20s, who can sing and dance.

“The test process was a mess,” said the agent of a client who tested for the role.

There were reports Disney was eyeing either Dev Patel, 27, or Riz Ahmed, 34, for the role, but neither exactly fit the description they’re after, even though both are amazing. (Early on, there were fan campaigns for Zayn to be cast in the role, but that also seems unlikely.)

Dev Patel
Dev Patel
Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

So at this stage, it looks like Aladdin might be a newcomer.

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Sources have also said the studio has some potential Princess Jasmines lined up, but the final call will all depend on who gets cast as Aladdin because the ~chemistry~ is so important. The ladies in the running to be Princess Jasmine are Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott, 24, and Indian actress Tara Sutaria, 21, but this could also change.

Naomi Scott
Naomi Scott

Either way, the casting debacle is proving to be a bit of a production disaster for the film, which was supposed to start shooting this month.

But The Hollywood Reporter says their determination to get the right actors could also be a good sign, as previous drawn-out casting searches — like Lily James in Cinderella, and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — paid off in the end.

TBH, we’d rather Disney get it right than have it be a rush job, too. As long as the actors can nail the important song numbers, and give us ~feels~ in “A Whole New World,” we’ll be happy.

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Now watch: The musical casts of The Lion King and Aladdin have a spontaneous airport sing-off.