Thanks, but no thanks.
We all remember growing up watching Aladdin. It’s easy to remember the bright blue genie, the flying carpet, Aladdin’s monkey Abu, and his main squeeze Jasmine. The movie isn’t so old that we can’t also remember what race the characters were though.
Yet, for some reason, Hollywood is thinking about trying to pull a fast one on us and cast a white man as one of the primary roles: the evil villain, Jafar. After rumors began to circulate that Tom Hardy was being eyed for the role, the Internet immediately made it very clear that they were not having it.
Although nothing has been confirmed yet, Guy Ritchie, the director for the upcoming live-action Aladdin film, has begun to headhunt for his cast.
Even though fans had high hopes that Ritchie would incorporate an ethnically accurate cast, it seems like he’s already going the wrong way. He’s doing this by potentially casting super white, British actor Tom Hardy as the film’s villain, Jafar.
The Internet is very far from happy about it.
Back and Forth
As if the Internet didn’t have enough to get upset about, on top of being pretty racist, this decision would also be hypocritical. That’s based on some of the promises that the production staff made when the film was just going into pre-production.
Aladdin producer Dan Lin told Collider in February, “When I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia.” He then added, “We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”
If Ritchie is still considering Tom Hardy, or anyone white for this cast, he’ll at least be informed in advance that it would be a huge PR bust. People are taking to Twitter to share their disgust, including user iamroxxyhaze, who points out the obvious, saying
“The first song in Aladdin is called ARABIAN NIGHTS.
And you want Tom Hardy…to play Jafar.”