Welcome to another edition of my "Disney live-action fan casting" series, in which I take a classical Disney animated film and try to find the right actors to portray the film on-screen. Today I'm going topical, as Guy Ritchie was just hired by Disney to actually make a live-action version of Aladdin. Therefore, instead of fan casting a theoretical film, let us try and cast this new Guy Ritchie film instead!
Imran Abbas As Aladdin
If you want to remain authentic to the story, Aladdin has to be played by a young actor with the right ethnicity. Imran Abbas — an up and coming Bollywood actor — has been making quite the name for himself with appearances in films like Creature and Jaanisaar. Abbas has the look of the youthful Aladdin, and has the talent to play the various personas Aladdin takes on, from cunning street urchin to phony prince.
Bill Murray As Genie
Here comes the hate. Look, I know just as much as everybody reading this article that Robin Williams is an irreplaceable legend. His voice acting in the original animated film makes this casting the hardest of all, but the best way to honor the memory of Robin is to get another legend of comedy to take on the role, put his own unique spin on it, and allow viewers to hopefully enjoy both.
Bill Murray is an incredible legend as well, and his recent roles, including Baloo in the live-action Jungle Book film make me think that he is ready for a role of this magnitude, whether it be via motion capture or purely through his voice. Please, please keep any remarks about this casting civil when commenting.
Pranitha Subhash As Jasmine
Pranitha Subhash is another up and coming Bollywood star with a great look and a lot of talent. Jasmine is a princess, and has the bearing of a princess as well. Maybe a little selfish at the start, she slowly learns to leave things behind for true love, and Pranitha is definitely capable of presenting herself like a princess while being able to show that she's able to do plenty by herself at the same time!
Cas Anvar As Jafar
Jafar needs to be evil — like, really evil. He's cunning, devious and absolutely doesn't care about anyone but himself. Cas Anvar can be terrifying when he wants to be, especially in roles like that of Xerxes in Olympus. He took a character with many versions in TV and film and twisted it into a cunning, maniacal religious leader who manipulates people for his own gain every day. Sounds somewhat similar to the Sultan's advisor who constantly manipulates the entire country, doesn't it? Anvar can, without a doubt, take on the role of the terrifying Jafar.
Aziz Ansari As Iago
If you need someone with the comedic ability to keep us all laughing with only his voice, you want the quickly rising star of the Netflix original show Master of None, Aziz Ansari! Since winning an Emmy and being nominated for a Golden Globe, Ansari's career has started reaching higher and higher, and taking on the role of the annoying parrot who constantly frustrates Jafar would be the perfect way to bring comedy into a rather serious plot.
Brian George As Sultan
Many of you will recognize Brian George from his role as Raj's father in The Big Bang Theory, but aside from that he has appeared in many voice acting roles, appeared alongside Cas Anvar in The Expanse, and has 40 more years of experience behind him. You can talk about the comedy Iago and Genie bring to the film, but the Sultan is the heart of the film, really only wanting to do good for his people and his daughter, while being manipulated by his own advisor, Jafar (the poor man has a lot to deal with). Therefore, the right man needs to be behind that giant, fluffy hat. Brian George is definitely the man for that.
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There it is! If Guy Ritchie brought together this cast, do you think he could make an incredible live-action Aladdin? If not, why not? Who do you think could play these brilliant characters instead? Let me know in the comments!