People Are Angry At Disney Over Who They Cast As Jasmine In The "Aladdin" Remake

17 July 2017, 14:36

Jasmine Naomi Scott Aladdin Live Action
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

"Was it really that hard to find an Arab actor to play jasmine?"

In case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll know that Disney and Guy Ritchie have been struggling to cast Aladdin and Jasmine in the live-action version of the Disney animated classic. After reportedly 2,000 auditions, the production was still yet to find the perfect actors to play the two main roles but now the search is OFFICIALLY over.

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Despite the struggle, Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Masoud was eventually cast in the role of Aladdin alongside Will Smith as The Genie, who will now face the MAMMOTH task of trying to match the performance of the legendary Robin Williams in the original animated version. 

As for Jasmine? The talented and gorgey Naomi Scott, who we just saw kick ass in Power Rangers as Kimberly, will be stepping into the princess's iconic blue hareem pants but people are already kicking off about it because of her ethnic background.

While people were thrilled that a woman of colour snagged the role (Naomi is half British and half Gurjarati Indian), some think that the decision to not actually cast an actual Middle Eastern actress in the role was a mistake, particularly after the original casting call asked specifically for Middle Eastern actors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Mix fans are also fuming about the casting decision after Jade Thirlwall was not cast in the role despite being of Middle Eastern descent (she's half Egyptian and half Yemeni) and of course, being able to sing and dance. 

 

 

 

  

Jade herself has also seemingly left small clues around social media toward her feelings on the casting. 

 

People are also showing concern about the casting of Mulan after Disney failed to cast an Arab actress in the role - highlighting the importance of race and representation within Hollywood, particularly within Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

What do you think? Do you think Disney made the right decision by casting Naomi or did they miss the mark on this one by not casting an authentic Arab actress?

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