[UPDATE: It's official: Naomi Scott is playing the live-action Jasmine!]
The latest word from behind the scenes of the forthcoming Aladdin live-action musical remake has Power Rangers star Naomie Scott being considered for the role of Jasmine. Thus far, English filmmaker Guy Ritchie has been firmly situated in the director's chair for the new movie, which he and others have assured potential viewers will have an "authentic voice" that will not fall prey to whitewashing.
So far, few of the main roles have been cast - with previous rumors swirling about Kevin Hart and Will Smith each being considered for the role of the Genie. Recently, the idea of Tom Hardy circling the role of Jafar has been bandied about, and as such any potential casting confirmations are definitely at the center of certain speculation on the behalf of fans of the original Disney animated musical classic from 1992 - and the latest word has the role of Jasmine honing in on a few particularly appealing options.
According to THR, none other than Power Rangers star and the Pink Ranger herself Naomi Scott is being considered for the role of Jasmine in the forthcoming Aladdin live-action musical remake. Subsequent to sending out one of the largest casting calls this past March for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, Ritchie and the powers that be at Disney appear to be honing in on which relatively unknown lead actors they are hoping to cast as the iconic romantic duo.
Scott is definitely an interesting choice for the role of Jasmine, though she will have to reportedly compete for the part against Indian actress Tara Sutaria. Set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah, Ritchie's Aladdin is currently one of the most sought after productions for up-and-coming actors in their 20s, and with filming slated to begin next month, Scott, Sutaria, and others will really have to step up their game if they hope to land the role of the film's primary love interest.
In the time since the release of the original Disney animated musical masterpiece some 25 years ago, the motion picture property has only served to grow in stature as an integral facet of a shared pop cultural imagination. On that note, here's to hoping that Scott, or someone of equal talents, is confirmed for the lead role of Jasmine soon in Aladdin, and production can officially begin behind the scenes of the forthcoming live-action musical event.
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