The Sun is reporting that director Guy Ritchie has approached Tom Hardy to potentially play the villain Jafar in his upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin! According to the report, “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.”
The report also claims singer Jade Thirlwall of the pop group Little Mix is in talks to play Princess Jasmine in the film. Guy Ritchie’s
Aladdin, which is written by John August, will star Will Smith as The Genie – a role made famous in the 1992 original by legendary comedian Robin Williams. The film, which was recently confirmed to be a musical, tells the story “of a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp and the evil sorcerer who covets the magical object.”
A live-action prequel to Aladdin, titled Genies, is also in development from writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. “Aladdin” is expected to begin production this July. If this is true, what do you think of Tom Hardy and Jade Thirlwall potentially playing Jafar and Princess Jasmine – respectively – in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin?
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