Action 'Aladdin' has yet to Cast its Lead Diamonds in the Rough

Avan Jogia's next project is the Syfy series'Ghost Wars with Kim Coates and Vincent D'Onofrio

Avan Jogia's next project is the Syfy series'Ghost Wars with Kim Coates and Vincent D'Onofrio

This morning India had it's own Aladdin, speculations were rife that a fairly new actor, Siddharth Gupta is selected to play Aladdin's character in the Disney live action film directed by Guy Richie.

But finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven hard - 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).

Meanwhile, Will Smith is the sole actor confirmed to be in "Aladdin" for now, Den of Geek reported. However, Aladdin could be a huge game-changer for the actor. "Siddharth is ideal for it, and has already signed the Non Disclosure agreement with the Film's makers.", says the report.

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There is no official confirmation from neither the director nor Disney yet. As for the rest of the cast, Sasha Agha and Tara Sutaria are on the cards and...

Among the newcomers who were still in the running for the riffraff/street rat in the most recent rounds of testing were Dutch actor Achraf Koutet, Canadian actor Mena Massoud and American George Kosturos. Joseph is credited with doing casting for films like Life of Pi, The Namesake and Lion, and has earned a reputation for casting appropriate Indian actors for Indian parts in Hollywood films. He had even roped in Mumbai based casting director Tess Joseph.

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