"The test process was a mess," says one agent with a client who tested.While the studio had interest in Dev Patel, 27, and Riz Ahmed, 34, the male lead will likely be a newcomer.As the search has dragged on (sources say the filmmakers went back to dig through the tapes once again when the most recent round of testing did not go well), the studio has brought on two movie-musical veterans to consult on the project: Marc Platt, who has a strong background in producing musicals and worked on Disney's upcoming The lengthy casting process could be a promising sign, however.
"At first I wanted a really expensive dress and I said, I can't afford that. I was just going to get a dress that I could wear again. "I want a beautiful gown that I'm going to rock and that I'm going to look great in photos in.
And though the production will be based on the super-popular movie featuring every little girl’s favorite Disney princesses, it will be in the unenviable position of following a show that had a major effect on theater and performance at the theme park and drew millions of visitors.
The stage version of “Frozen” has a tough act to follow.
Disney, Ritchie and casting director Randi Hiller brought on casting directors around the world, from London to Egypt to Abu Dhabi and India, for what sources say is a massive global search: Around 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the lead roles of Jasmine and Aladdin.
But finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven difficult — 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).