Meet Jafar, he’s…white.
Guy Ritchie, who’s set to direct the upcoming live-action version of “Aladdin,” is reportedly eying English actor Tom Hardy to play the movie villain.
“Guy is a huge fan of Tom’s work and securing him would be a major coup,” a source told The Sun.
“There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he’s certainly one of Guy’s favored choices.”
While Hardy hasn’t commented on the speculation, the rumors already oppose previous promises of diversity in the remake.
“When I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia,” producer Dan Lin told Collider in February. “We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”
Hardy, a white actor, would not particularly be authentic in Agrabah.
The move, predictably, spurred backlash from those who called out the white-washing.
“Apparently there is talk of Tom Hardy playing Jafar in the Aladdin remake?” one person wrote on Twitter.
“He better say ‘No, I don’t want to white-wash that role.’”
“@realguyritchie I love you and i love tom hardy but come on man, jafaar aint white,” wrote another.
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