A source told The Sun that the King Arthur director has "favored" Tom for the role. Even though neither Tom nor Guy have confirmed the casting decision for the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic, fans are still taking to social media to plead with Guy to not risk whitewashing the film.
Fans are asking that, instead, Asian actors be cast in the role, with one fan citing on Twitter that "whitewashing a character is not only wrong it never works out for any movie." In addition to accusations of whitewashing, another fan even asserts that the Mad Max: Fury Road actor is too short for the role, tweeting: "Tom Hardy as Jafar? Are you outta your mind? He's short. And you casting him will get so much backlash for whitewashing."
Whitewashing in Hollywood is a hot-button issue. You'll remember Scarlett Johansson's role as Major in Ghost in the Shell came under scrutiny as evidence of whitewashing after many felt the character should be played by an Asian actress since the character is from Japan.
But if you're a Tom Hardy fan and were excited about seeing him in the role of a villain, don't worry! You'll be happy to hear that Sony Pictures confirmed last month that Tom has been cast to play Eddie Brock a.k.a. Venom in the Spider-Man spin-off film, Venom. The film is to be directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer and will swing into cinemas October 5, 2018.
What do you think about the issue of whitewashing in Hollywood? Would you want to see Tom Hardy in the role of Jafar? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! ~Alexa Caruso