Disney holding open auditions for live-action Aladdin in London this weekend

Ben Bussey
UK Movies Writer
An as-yet unknown British actor might be set to enter a whole new world… (credit: Disney)

Expect to see a whole lot of potential diamonds in the rough descend upon Holburn this Sunday.

Director Guy Ritchie is soon starting work on a new, live-action take on Disney’s ‘Aladdin,’ and the studio are holding an open audition for the title role.

The official casting call states that “UK auditions will be taking place this Sunday (May 14th) at the Old College Building , Holborn, London WC1B 4AF, formerly known as the Cochrane Theatre from 10am – 3pm.”

The actor they’re looking for is someone “Middle Eastern, between the age of 18-22 years old, can sing, is very leading with handsome looks, incredibly charming, street savvy, charismatic and very physically fit.”

The successful applicant won’t have long to wait, either, as it’s stated they will need to “be available from the end of May  for preparation and filming from mid-August through to January 2018.” Excellent singing is essential, dancing is a plus, and it is underlined that the role is “very demanding” and “will require full and total dedication, time and focus.”

Do you trust him…? (Credit: Disney)

Written by John August, ‘Aladdin’ follows on from ‘Cinderella,’ ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in an ongoing series of live-action remakes of Disney’s animated classics. Many more are in the pipeline, including a new take on ‘The Lion King’ from director Jon Favreau.

While no casting has been made official at present, it has been reported that Will Smith may be up for the role of the Genie, famously voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 original.

No release date has yet been announced for ‘Aladdin.’ Guy Ritchie’s latest, ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,’ opens in the US this weekend, and hits UK cinemas from next Friday, 19 May.

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