Disney holds open casting call for Aladdin
Middle Eastern actors between ages 18-25 and hoping to become the next Disney star can try for a lead role in the live-action Aladdin adaptation, set to begin filming this year.
According to a post from Dani Fernandez on Twitter, those aspiring to become the next Aladdin or Jasmine can send a photo and singing video to the email address provided. While dancing experience is not required, animated Disney classics generally featured a lot of singing, and Aladdin is no different. Applying actors must be able to sing.
It should be noted that the comments underneath Fernandez’s post indicate the casting email address might not work anymore. One Twitter user even claimed the advertisement was fake. Fernandez does offer some further advice.
@msdanifernandez this is Cindy Tolan casting, posted this week, and ok to share. So there u go!
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) March 9, 2017
@msdanifernandez heeelp why doesnt the email work for me 🙁
— Fortesa Beri (@FortesaBerisha5) March 11, 2017
@FortesaBerisha5 probably cause their inbox is absolutely flooded. google their office and contact them directly. good luck
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) March 11, 2017
The original Aladdin had a few famous voices, such as Robin Williams, who played Genie, and the Iago voice actor Gilbert Gottfried. Aladdin’s voice actor, Scott Weinger, also played DJ’s boyfriend Steve on Full House and love interest in Fuller House. It is hard not to think of Steve’s goofy nature once someone figures out Aladdin and Steve are the same.
For the live-action version, expect a more diverse cast.
“So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie,” said (producer) Dan Lin (via IGN). “Luckily for me (director) Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision.”
Sounds like a great plan. Fans cannot wait for the new Aladdin, but unfortunately, there is no firm release date yet. Disney should find no problem in turning this loved movie into a success for the next generation.