Lots of news lately about the difficulty casting directors are having filling the role of Aladdin in the upcoming live-action movie directed by Guy Ritchie. There was some talk of Dev Patel – despite the fact that he is too old by about ten years older – so that never panned out. Now the OBVIOUS choice would be former One Directioner Zayn Malik, who is DREAMY as all get-out, and can sing like a nightingale. But that, too, has its drawbacks.
From an item in Blind Gossip:
They really want someone who is Southeast Asian, Indian or Middle Eastern for the part. It’s a singing part, and one of the names that came up was [Boy Bander]! They like that he can sing and already has millions of fans but then someone made a crack about it not being family-friendly to pay the talent in kilos. A couple of people doubted he would even make it through filming because he has a history of cancelling at the last minute. It wasn’t a hard “No,” but they did move on to the next person pretty quickly.
Now, nobody has ever proved that Zayn has a substance abuse problem, but he does have a fairly lengthy history of cancelling appearances and gigs due to “nerves,” so I get that he would be a problematic hire. Although, it just might be the sort of kick in the pants to help him overcome his issues.
Other options for the role here.
(Photo of Zayn: Pacific Coast News)