Naomi Scott Could Be Cast As Jasmine In Live-Action Aladdin
The Power Rangers actress might take on a Disney Princess!
Noami Scott May Play Jasmine In Disney's Aladdin Remake
Guy Ritchie's upcoming live-action remake is still in the early stages of development, but the casting search has already been expansive, with two names popping up as front-runners for the role of Princess Jasmine (via THR). Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott and actress Tara Sutaria are early locks, but the studio is waiting until it can narrow down an Aladdin before making a final decision. The search for Jasmine and Aladdin has extended from locales like London and Abu Dhabi to India, and the film does want someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent in the role of Aladdin. Will Smith is still rumored to be in negotiations to play Genie.
Scott is a popular name at the moment, as she also popped up in an early shortlist for the upcoming Batgirl project, but it might be some time before that casting is made. As for Aladdin, Director Guy Ritchie has made it clear he will find who is supposed to be in the movie and roll with it above all else. Ritchie said in an interview about casting, “Decency is decency. Humanity is humanity. I think the film will dictate exactly what the tone is supposed to be and who’s supposed to be in it,” Ritchie says. “You just don’t want to feel like you’re muscled into it, because you’re bullied into it. It will be what it will be, because it should be what it should be. It will have its own authentic voice, and you don’t want that voice contaminated by a PC army.”
Disney's 1992 animated musical hit Aladdin was directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker, written by Clements, Musker, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio, and starred Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Robin Williams, Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, and Douglas Seale. When a young man living on the streets of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Agrabah discovers a magical lamp with a genie inside who can grant him three wishes he goes on a dangerous and hilarious journey of self-discovery meeting a princess, her father the sultan, and the sultan's evil vizer along the way. The film grossed over $500 million when it was released and won Academy Wards for Best Original Score and Best Song. The upcoming live-action film is directed by Guy Ritchie from a script by John August with a production start date of August 2017 and no confirmed cast.