Reports are flying around with nothing but speculation and everyone is already upset about a potential Disney role being played by Tom Hardy.
Disney’s Aladdin live-action remake is officially under way. However, ever since its announcement, a big question surrounding the production has been whether Disney and director Guy Ritchie will do the story justice by casting Middle Eastern actors. But if new whisperings are right, we may potentially be in for a white lead.
According to The Sun, a source says that Ritchie is leaning towards Tom Hardy to play the role of Jafar, the scepter-wielding, fashionable-cape-sporting baddie we all remember from our childhoods.
That said, it’s important to note that nothing has been confirmed and as of now this is just a rumor.
Nevertheless, the potential decision is already raising concerns of whitewashing, or casting white actors in nonwhite roles at the expense of nonwhite actors.
— Brooklyn Ace ♠ (@CiaoBrooklyn) June 11, 2017
Great another diverse role gets white washed by Hollywood! @DisneyStudios
— Gerald Webb (@GeraldWebb) June 11, 2017
And while still unconfirmed, these fears aren’t necessarily unfounded. After all, this is far from the first time whitewashing in film has been a source of controversy. Recently, Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson was called out for casting a white actress in the lead role of a movie based on a Japanese manga.
But not all the murmurs around Aladdin are bad. There have also been rumors that Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix is in a favorable position to play the role of Princess Jasmine. Thirlwall is of Yemeni, Egyptian, and English descent.
That said, we won’t know the official cast of the film for a while, and we won’t know if the characters end up being whitewashed until then. In the meantime, we’ll just have to find peace in watching the Black Panther trailer on an endless loop. Disney and Ritchie, please do us right.