Disney is reportedly struggling to find the stars for the shining, shimmering, splendid world of the new live-action “Aladdin” remake. The entertainment company, which issued a worldwide casting call earlier this year, has yet to find the leads for their latest film.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the Guy Ritchie-directed film has not yet found their Aladdin or Princess Jasmine, despite the fact that “around 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the lead roles.” Disney has reportedly found two actresses that could play Jasmine and expressed interest in Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed as Aladdin. The street-rat-turned-prince, however, will more than likely be played by a newcomer and the role of Jasmine cannot be cast “until the male lead has been selected since chemistry is so important to the story.” The report reads:

Finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven difficult — especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent (the animated film is set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah). The original casting call specified that production was slated to begin by July, but the search has dragged on, with Disney and Ritchie having to go back to the drawing board multiple times.

Disney announced last year that “Aladdin” would be remade as a live-action film. Early reports suggested that the film would focus on Genie’s life before the lamp, in addition to how he ended up in the lamp. Soon after the announcement was made, petitions against whitewashing were created given Hollywood’s whitewashing trend. The film’s producer confirmed in February that they were looking to have a diverse cast.

The original 1992 animated musical featured Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Gilbert Gottfried as Iago and the late Robin Williams as the Genie. Will Smith was rumored to play Genie in the live-action remake, however, no updates have been made concerning other roles.

As news of the casting troubles emerged, Twitter users couldn’t help but suggest their dream cast. One of the most popular recommendations made by Twitter users for the film’s diamond in the rough was Avan Jogia. The Canadian actor, however, is far from a newcomer: he has starred in Spike’s “Tut,” Freeform’s “Twisted” and Nickelodeon’s “Victorious.” He is also currently starring in Syfy’s “Ghost Wars.”

See some of the other suggestions from social media below:

Social Media Shares Their Suggestions for Stars of Live-Action “Aladdin” Remake

Who do you think should be cast in the lead roles of the live-action “Aladdin” remake? What are your thoughts on Disney’s latest live-action film? Sound off in the comments section below!

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