Yesterday, it was rumored that Tom Hardy was being lined up to play Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin reboot. But the Mad Max: Fury Road star has now denied those reports.
Hardy’s reps have told The Metro that there is “no truth” to the rumors. The original story came via The Sun, who claimed that director Guy Ritchie was in talks with The Revenant actor about him playing the iconic Disney villain. This then sparked outrage on social media, after Ritchie had promised not to whitewash any characters:
The first song in Aladdin is called ARABIAN NIGHTS.
And you want Tom Hardy…to play Jafar. pic.twitter.com/i56EUHkvO2
— Roxxy Haze (@iamroxxyhaze) June 12, 2017
— Mitch Dyer (@MitchyD) June 11, 2017
I think the term is overused and misused a lot, but this certainly seems like white washing
— Slikk (@SLIKK519) June 12, 2017
If I see one more person share that piece about Guy Ritchie wanting Tom Hardy as Jafar in the new #Aladdin I will scream. Just no.
— Jo-Anne Rowney (@JoAnne_Rowney) June 9, 2017
Hearing Disney is considering casting Tom Hardy as the decidedly non-caucasian Jafar in Aladdin pic.twitter.com/MPK3rGD5yk
— Stop Collaborate and Lieschen (@lieschenv) June 12, 2017
This latest news will be a relief to many. Casting decisions are still yet to be made, most notably Aladdin and Jasmine. However, according to Deadline, Will Smith is in talks with Disney to play the genie.