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Guy Ritchie's Aladdin

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Guy Ritchie's Aladdin

Casting is now taking place.

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I think they should just cast Dev Patel as Aladdin.

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Dev Patel isn't Middle Eastern either.
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Talamasca wrote:
Mar 10th, 2017 12:29 pm
Dev Patel isn't Middle Eastern either.
The average American would not know that. They probably wouldn't know where Canada is on the map.

Anyway, I wonder who they will cast for the Genie as the late Robin Williams is a hard act to follow despite the film being animated.



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heymikey wrote:
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The average American would not know that. They probably wouldn't know where Canada is on the map.
In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and multiple casting controversies (Emma Stone as an Asian!), it's all about the optics when it comes to casting now. When they were in pre-production for the live-action remake of Mulan, they were seriously considering introducing a white character so the general audience would have someone to relate to. This was quickly and thankfully kiboshed when word spread.
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No offense to Mr. Ritchie, but whomever is directing this thing, it's still mostly Disney's Aladdin
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I wonder how much they'll "adapt" of the movie given the current social climate.

I recently re-watched the Disney animated movie on a flight and it never dawned on me, but the characters are Muslim (which isn't a surprise given the context). There's a few times where characters go "by Allah" or "oh Allah" instead of the usual "omg". It's minor (enough that I never noticed it as a kid), but looking back at it, I wonder how well things like that would pass. It's kind of the same with Genie being androgynous/crossdressing. Nobody batted an eye about it then, but given the "controversy" about a gay character in the live action Beauty and the Beast, it might cause more controversy than we think, even if it's in the "original" script.
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Will Smith as the genie? This is going to be interesting. lol
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Reminds me of the Hook poster from decades ago

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