Following Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has live-action remakes of its animated classics planned out farther than their Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. We’re talking remakes for decades! The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, The Lion King, and Mulan are all in the works, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Perhaps the most interesting project in the bunch is Aladdin, with Guy Ritchie set to direct.
Ritchie is known for his less than family-friendly fare such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and RocknRolla, though he has recently been specializing in PG-13 potential-franchise films, including both Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and one of this summer’s many flops/critical disappointments, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Take this news with a grain of salt, as you should all news that comes from “a source” that isn’t identified, but The Sun is reporting that Guy Ritchie is keen to have Tom Hardy play the villainous Jafar in his live-action Aladdin film. The Sun‘s source claims:
“Guy is a huge fan of Tom’s work and securing him would be a major coup. There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he’s certainly one of Guy’s favoured choices. It just depends on schedules whether he’ll be able to sign up.”
In March, we reported on a casting call, “Searching for Aladdin & Jasmine,” seeking Middle Eastern actors between the ages of 18-24 who, “must be able to sing,” with, “dance experience a plus.” If Disney is looking to cast the appropriate ethnicity for the tale, Tom Hardy would stick out like a sore thumb. Likewise, of course Ritchie would be, “a huge fan of Tom’s work.” Ritchie already directed Hardy in Rock’n’Rolla, where Hardy played the hilarious Handsome Bob. Combine this with the fact that the casting call mentioned, “July 2017 — Janurary 2018,” as potential shoot dates, around the time Hardy will be on set as Eddie Brock in Venom, and all three factors seem to point to this source being wrong.
If it is accurate, I would love to see Hardy sink his teeth into such a fun, villainous role as Jafar, one of my favorite Disney villains as a child. Again, don’t get your hopes up, but who knows? Hardy could just be our new Jafar!
Would you want to see Tom Hardy as Jafar in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin? If not, who would you cast? Let us know in the comment section below!
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SOURCE: The Sun