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Hey Disney, Here Are 14 Actors Who Could Play Aladdin And Jasmine

Disney, take note.

13/07/2017 3:04 AM IST | Updated 14/07/2017 2:36 AM IST

Disney is apparently struggling to cast their new live-action “Aladdin,” and we can’t possibly imagine why. 

The studio is attempting to avoid a whitewashing catastrophe by casting the classic tale with authentic actors, but apparently that’s really, really, hard to do. Hollywood has been riddled with backlash after several films hired white actors to play characters that are traditionally ethnic.

Matt Damon’s lead in “The Great Wall of China” tanked at the box office after months of bad press. Native Hawaiians were in an uproar after Emma Stone was cast as a half-Asian woman in “Aloha,” which is based on a true story. And only months ago Paramount admitted that the highly-anticipated “Ghost in the Shell” film flopped because the studio used Scarlett Johansson to whitewash the Japanese tale. 

Asian actors have a hard time nabbing roles, even in their own stories. 

About 75 percent of film actors in 2014 alone were white, according to a study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. The study found that over half of the 400 films and television series studied did not feature an Asian person in a speaking role at all. And most of the roles featuring Asians perpetuated stereotypes. 

It’s just so difficult to find actors to play Aladdin and Jasmine, right? Don’t worry Disney, HuffPost scoured the entertainment industry and came up with a great short list. 

Here are seven actors who would be great as “Aladdin.” 

  • 1 Avan Jogia
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    He already sang his heart out on Nickelodeon's "Victorious."
  • 2 Dev Patel
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    He has definitely showcased his acting chops since his debut in "Slumdog Millionaire."
  • 3 Hrithik Roshan
    This is Bollywood's top actor, so we promise singing and acting won't be an issue.
  • 4 Sidharth Malhotra
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    Malhotra is a Bollywood star we could totally envision as Aladdin.
  • 5 Shahid Kapoor
    We'll let Kapoor's photo speak for itself. 
  • 6 John Abraham
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    This is a man who can stay one jump ahead. 
  • 7 Ayushmann Khurrana
    Ayushmann Khurrana/Instagram
    We think he could clean up to be quite the Prince Ali, don't you? 

And here are seven women who could definitely play Jasmine. 

  • 1 Lily Singh
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    Lily Singh has a huge YouTube following, she acts and she sings. She'd be a more than perfect Jasmine.
  • 2 Freida Pinto
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    This is an extremely beloved actress who would look amazing in that Jasmine costume.
  • 3 Kangana Ranaut
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    Um, again, we'll let the photo speak for this lovely Bollywood star.
  • 4 Deepika Padukone
    Deepika Padukone/Instagram
    Dare to question this Bollywood star?
  • 5 Priyanka Chopra
    Priyanka Chopra/Instagram
    Just imagine a handsome prince waiting for her on this balcony. 
  • 6 Tuba Büyüküstün
    Tuba Büyüküstün/Instagram
    We have no doubt this Turkish actress could hold her own in Agrabah.
  • 7 Taraneh Alidoosti
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    Alidoosti was voted the number one television actress in Iran, so we think she can handle the challenge. 

You’re welcome. 

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