15+ Responses To ‘Aladdin’ Cast Picks in Twitter Tantrums
After weeks of speculation of Disney’s casting of the upcoming live-action ‘Aladdin’ remake, Disney revealed their picks on July 15th at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
Relative newcomer Mena Massoud and former Pink Power Ranger Naomi Scott have been chosen as Aladdin and Jasmin and Will Smith has been cast as Genie. After the formal presentation at D23, Disney made their big reveal on Twitter just before noon on Saturday morning.
Mena Massoud announced as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie in live-action Aladdin! #D23Expo— Disney (@Disney) July 15, 2017
Being the internet, an unscrupulous playground for the perpetually discontent, the announcement was greeted almost immediately with criticism, i.e. whining. After it was leaked earlier in the week that Disney was having trouble casting the lead role, the internet quickly stepped in to offer their opinions. And there were a-plenty.
Frontrunners for the title role included Hollywood big-hitters like Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed, and for the role of Jasmin, fans suggested Little Mix popstar Jade Thirlwall and Priyanka Chopra. So obviously when the casting decisions were announced, disgruntled fans got salty and turned to social media to vent. Here’s what fans on Twitter had to say.
Folks were pleasantly surprised about the choice for the lead role.
can i just say how BLESSED we are that this fine looking man, Mena Massoud, is our new Aladdin pic.twitter.com/6CEwEcAzWh— x (@ClNEMAH) July 17, 2017
But this is 2017 and Hollywood still has a problem with whitewashing films, so naturally it turned into a race issue pretty fast.
People were particularly irked by Naomi Scott. The actress, half-Indian, half-white, will be portraying an Arab character.
Many people are holding fast to their opinion that Jade Thirlwall would’ve been a better choice.
She's had enough, though.
And other people are stepping in to regulate.
In case you don’t know, this little slice of heaven is Avan Jogia. Like Scott, he’s half-white and half-Indian. He’s also 100% yumm-a-licious. *swoon*
Thankfully, we can all agree on Will Smith:
*will smith is announced to be genie*— mia (@melissaxaim) July 16, 2017
me: "iiiin western arabia born and raised in my magic lamp is where i spent most of my days"
But can we take a moment to realise.....Will Smith is the Genie, and you know what that means? WILL SMITH MOVIE WITH MUSIC AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/fbIvwUipFx— Jamal (@reggiegotlag) July 16, 2017
So far, these three roles are the only that have been announced. While we wait for the rest of the cast to be announced, Twitter users have not stopped making suggestions.
Just confirmed: Kim Kardashian will play Jafar in the upcoming Aladdin movie pic.twitter.com/MKaP68I5PF— Blac Chynese (@sadgalamzz) July 16, 2017
is disney still looking for actors for aladdin? i might not be jasmine, but i'd make a good carpet considering everyone walks all over me— ??? (@lauranotclaire) July 15, 2017