Disney's Casting Call For The Live Action Aladdin Film Will Make You All Kinds Of Excited
Disney's live action remake of Aladdin is officially on the way and the latest details are sounding pretty promising.
In fact a casting call has now appeared online and one thing worth noting is that it seems to suggest that they are legitimately looking for actors of Middle Eastern origin to play Jasmine and Aladdin.If you're wondering why this is something people are picking up on, it's worth remembering that film has a history of whitewashing - that is the act of choosing white actors to play roles that are historically non-white. Recent examples of movies that have been criticised for this include Jake Gyllenhaal being cast as the Prince of Persia and Emma Stone's casting as Allison Ng, a character supposedly of Chinese and Hawaiian descent, in 2015's Aloha.
But that's not the case with this one and it looks like Disney are again making a concerted effort to stay true to the story and cast actors of the same ethnicity as their characters - another recent example being the casting of native Hawaiian Auli'i Cravalho as princess Moana.
While the classic Disney version of Aladdin is set in the fictional Arabian sultanate of Agrabah, the original story sees Aladdin and Jasmine's story play out in Baghdad in Iraq, so it'll be interesting to see what they do this time around.
Other interesting details we can garner from this is that filming starts soon - July to be exact - and even better, it's actually an open casting call, so if you reckon you fit the bill then you too can email off your showreel to be in with your chance of becoming an IRL Disney prince or princess.
Let us know just how excited you are for this one with a tweet to @MTVUK already.
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