Tom Hardy wanted to play villain Jafar in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin reboot
Tom Hardy is in early discussions to play villain Jafar in Guy Ritchie's live-action retelling of Aladdin for Disney.
Ritchie, who has just finished promoting his new fantasy epic King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, has agreed to take charge of the live-action re-telling and is now casting key roles.
According to The Sun, Hardy is his first choice for Jafar, the power-hungry Grand Vizier of Agrabah with a taste for dark magic.
A source told the paper: "Guy is a huge fan of Tom’s work and securing him would be a major coup. There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he’s certainly one of Guy’s favoured choices."
Hardy is the second high-profile star to be linked with a key role in the movie after it was revealed that Little Mix star Jade Thirlwell had auditioned for the role of Jasmine. It is thought that Thirlwell is still in the mix for the role, but nothing is confirmed as yet.
Aladdin tells the story of a street urchin who vies for the love of a beautiful princess named Jasmine. To try and win her affections he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her, only to run into serious trouble along the way.
The re-telling had originally been billed as a prequel, but is now a more straightforward live-action re-telling with a script from Big Fish writer John August.
Disney has a slate of live action re-tellings planned, Beauty And The Beast was a huge hit earlier this year with a sequel to Mary Poppins following in 2018. Jon Favreau was confirmed last month to direct a similar version of The Lion King while Mulan and Pinocchio are also due for similar treatment.