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.

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.

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