Disney might have just found their Princess Jasmine, and you’ll recognize her face.
Disney’s live-action Aladdin which is being helmed by Guy Ritchie is officially getting in formation. It looks like we might have found one-half of the magic carpet riding couple. Apparently, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall is in the running to slay as Princess Jasmine.
The 24-year old is of Yemeni and Egyptian ancestry which would fit the bill perfectly. When the casting call for the film went out, it called for actors who were “Middle Eastern, between the age of 18-22 years old with handsome looks,” it continued that their prospective Aladdin must be “incredibly charming, street savvy, charismatic and very physically fit.”
Obviously, if Thirlwall does snag the role, her commitments to Little Mix would come to a pause. Filming for the movie is set to begin in mid-August and continue until January 2018, with the “demanding” role requiring “full and total dedication, time and focus.” However, Thirlwall’s bandmates are super excited for her. A source told the U.K. newspaper, The Sun,
“All of the girls have their fingers crossed for her, as they always support each other, but they also know that it would be a huge commitment. Jade would need to film for months, and that’s before promotion for the movie began. So this week they sat down in a break from their tour dance rehearsals and talked about what they might do if Disney did decide to cast her. It was quite an emotional conversation, but they all agreed that they would try to make it work for her around Little Mix commitments. It wouldn’t be easy, but as far as it’s possible, that’s what they want. Jasmine is Jade’s perfect role, so she’s delighted to have got this far in the process. The talks have been going on for some time now and the longer they go on, the better her chances are looking.”
We’re super excited to see Aladdin coming together; now we just want to know if Will Smith will be playing the late-Robin Williams’ iconic role, Genie.