Director Guy Ritchie is reportedly considering fellow Brit Tom Hardy to play the villainous Jafar in his upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. “Guy is a huge fan of Tom’s work and securing him would be a major coup,” a source tells 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.”
However, since word of Hardy’s potential casting got out over the weekend, fans have taken to social media urging that the character not be whitewashed. “I love Tom Hardy, but him as Jafar is awful casting,” one Twitter user wrote. “Whitewashing a character is not only wrong, it never works out for any movie.”
What do you think of this possible casting for Jafar? Who would you rather see play the villain?