Good news: if you’ve always wanted to play Aladdin or Princess Jasmine in a big-budget live-action Aladdin remake directed by Guy Ritchie but you thought your dream would never come true because you’re not famous, now’s your chance.
Disney has decided to search high and low for the leads of its upcoming remake, which is marvellous news as it means the film might actually feature actors of Middle Eastern descent, instead of all that whitewashing BS that’s been going on a lot recently.
Anyway, here’s everything you need to know about the casting call:
Alright kids, if you know someone who fits this, you better share this with them. Submit asap. Good luck my babies pic.twitter.com/PLP37ritcV
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) March 9, 2017
Basically, if you want to audition you should be Middle Eastern, between 18-25 years old, and have a good singing voice. Dancing experience is also a plus. If this is you, you should email a photo and video of yourself singing to firstname.lastname@example.org. But you better hurry – rehearsals start next month, with shooting expected to run from July 2017 to January 2018.
It sounds like Ritchie is planning on going full-on, all-out Broadway style with the film, which is amazing. Big Fish, Corpse Bride and Dark Shadows scribe John August has already written the screenplay for the film, but no other cast members have been announced so far.
The news comes a week before the release of Disney’s latest live-action remake Beauty And The Beast. The buzz is strong with this one, as the trailers have already had countless people transfixed, and perhaps a little teary eyed in some cases.
Other upcoming Disney live-action remakes include The Lion King (which will be directed by The Jungle Book‘s Jon Favreau and star Donald Glover and James Earl Jones), Dumbo (directed by Tim Burton and star Eva Green and Danny DeVito), Mulan (which we don’t know that much about just yet).
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