Tom Hardy could play Jafar in Guy Ritchie's 'Aladdin' live-action remake.
The British actor may be set to reteam with director Guy Ritchie for the live-action remake of Disney's "Aladdin." According to The Sun, the "Taboo" star could be in line to play the baddie Jafar.
Nine years after "RocknRolla," Tom Hardy could be poised to film a tenth movie with director Guy Ritchie. Rumors reported by the British tabloid, The Sun, suggest that the actor has been approached to star in the live-action remake of Disney's animated classic "Aladdin," helmed by the "Snatch" director.
The actor -- who bagged an Oscar nomination last year for his performance in "The Revenant" -- is tipped to play Jafar, the Royal Vizier of an Arabian Sultan who wants to get his hands on the magic lamp in order to take power. But the lamp, which grants three wishes to its finder, is hidden in a cave that can only be entered by those pure of heart.
Will Smith is already on board to play the Genie of the Lamp. "Aladdin" would see the two actors star side by side for the first time, after their initial collaboration on "Suicide Squad" fell through. Tom Hardy was originally set to play Rick Flag in the DC Comics movie, but the role eventually went to Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing," "House of Cards").
Guy Ritchie and Disney still have to find actors to play the movie's lead roles, Aladdin and Jasmine. Media reports suggest that the movie-makers will focus on Middle Eastern actors, reflecting the setting of the studio's 31st animated classic, released in 1992. The movie -- which landed during Disney's second golden age -- was a huge hit, grossing over $500M at the global box office.