Naomi Scott is set to play the role of Princess Jasmine in the upcoming Aladdin live action remake. Yet after this announcement was made, various people on Twitter harshly criticized the casting saying Jasmine should be played by someone of Arab descent, and not Naomi who is of English-Indian descent. This is leading to the potential audience’s lack of confidence in the direction of the film.
I love Naomi Scott and I don’t want anyone to blame her for Disney’s casting choices but they should’ve casted an arab woman
— M ⚘ (@lordeflow) July 16, 2017
The young English actress did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter just recently and it might make you think carefully about setting this movie aside. In the said interview, Naomi revealed quite a lot about the development of Princess Jasmine’s character. The whole movie is definitely going to strip Jasmine off her damsel-in-distress kind of character and will not be focusing on that problem of finding a husband.
“[She] can be strong and have fun, but also get it wrong and be emotional. She’s a multidimensional woman, and she doesn’t have to just be one thing.”
Scott has faith in the direction of Guy Ritchie, making Jasmine a more ‘multidimensional character’. ““Being a female character is also about being a real person, and guess what? [She] can be strong and have fun, but also get it wrong and be emotional. She’s a multidimensional woman, and she doesn’t have to just be one thing. So in this movie, you see her go on such a roller coaster, as opposed to her one goal being to fall in love or get married,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to this side of Jasmine we’ve never really explored before, Aladdin Live Action will also feature a new female character – a handmaid named Dalia, Jasmine’s best friend who she grew up closely with. In the same interview Scott revealed as to why the Dalia character is essential in this story, “The Dalia character is so important to this movie because she’s the only other female character. She may be the handmaiden but they’re best friends; they’re so close because they’ve grown up together. So we wanted people to watch the movie and see Jasmine’s relationship with another woman.”
Aside from this, Jasmine’s heart as a leader will also be seen as she moves towards being Agrabah’s next leader. “You really get in this adaptation of the movie that her heart is for her people, and her main objective is what’s best for her kingdom,” Scott further explained.
Aladdin is set to release on May 24, 2019.