Disney has come under fire for its casting for the live action remake of Aladdin – in particular for the role of Princess Jasmine.
The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie, and after many months of trying, has finally chosen its three leads.
Aladdin will be played by Canadian Egyptian Mena Massoud, while Will Smith will step into the late Robin Williams’ shoes and play the Genie. No pressure!
Naomi Scott, who is of British and Indian descent, will play the role of the feisty Princess Jasmine… but her casting hasn’t gone down well with everyone.
Social media users are voicing their disappointment that an Arab actress wasn’t chosen, given that the fictional place Agrabah, where Aladdin is set, is believed to be in the Middle East.
“People have a right to be upset about Naomi Scott being cast,” one Twitter user wrote. “They’re upset that their representation was taken away, and rightly so.”
“All these Arab actresses on the planet and they cast half-white, half-Indian Naomi Scott as Jasmine,” another Twitter user added “Indian isn’t Middle-Eastern, Hollywood.”
Not everyone shares the same view though…
“Perhaps Naomi Scott was just the best actress for the role and I think we’re making some progress since she is a POC,” said one user.
“Just realised the fuss about Naomi Scott being casted as Jasmine & I believe that this world can create hassle about anything & everything.”
We still think that Naomi Scott will make a good Jasmine and give it her all, regardless of the criticism.
Do you think the casting directors made the right choice, or should they have made a more politically correct choice and chosen someone of Middle Eastern descent for the lead roles?