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Does the idea of Priyanka or Deepika as Jasmine in Aladdin remake excite you?

Twitter really wants Disney and director Guy Ritchie to cast either Deepika Padukone or Priyanka Chopra as Princess Jasmine in their upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin.

hollywood Updated: Mar 02, 2017 17:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Priyanka Chopra,Deepika Padukone,Aladdin
The original animated Aladdin movie was released in 1992 and starred Linda Larkin as Jasmine in a voice role.

In October, Disney hired director Guy Ritchie to helm their upcoming live-action Aladdin remake. But the bigger question now is who’s going to play the lead roles. Twitter has already begun a campaign to cast either Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone as Princess Jasmine.

Disney is on a roll with their live-action remakes of classic animated films. In March, they will release Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson. In 2016, The Jungle Book almost made a billion dollars worldwide. So yes, it makes sense for them to keep it up.

The next step, of course, is fan casting. And Twitter has clear favourites. Even though neither Priyanka, Deepika (or Frieda Pinto, whose name is also being floated around) are ethnically correct for the role, they’re still big favourites online. And for the role of Genie (originally played by the late Robin Williams) fans are setting their sights on Dwayne Johnson (who will co-star with Priyanka in Baywatch, and is remaking Robin Williams’ Jumanji).

As for Aladdin, there’s a wave of support for recent Oscar nominee Dev Patel to bag the role.

These days, when cultural diversity is a hot topic in Hollywood, casting a white actor to play any of these roles will no doubt attract controversy. Remember #OscarsSoWhite, and that time when Leonardo DiCaprio was rumoured to be playing the Persian poet Rumi?

Here are some tweets we found:

Both Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have made inroads into Hollywood. Priyanka stars in the popular TV show Quantico and will play the villain in May’s Baywatch movie. Deepika meanwhile, recently starred opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which has made more than $300 million worldwide since its mid-January release.

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First Published: Mar 02, 2017 17:27 IST