Played by Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods), Prince Anders will be a suitor from Skanland and after Princess Jasmine's heart. However, Disney may have lost the goodwill surrounding the leads' casting when it cast its first white actor Billy Magnussen as an original character who didn't appear in the animated movie.
Guy Ritchie and Disney are moving forward with their live-action Aladdin movie, and a new cast member has been announced for the film. He then introduced his cast-mates: Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (Lionsgate's "Power Rangers", 2017) as Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari (Universal's "The Mummy", 2017) as Jafar. In the case of Aladdin, much of the criticism centered on the creation of a white character, and not on the changing of an existing character's ethnicity. Aladdin is a street urchin who finds a magic lamp with a wish-granting genie inside. Give him a follow over on Twitter.
Check that the photo of Will Smith on the set of Aladdin with his "new family" below. Additionally, "Saturday Night Live" alum Nasim Pedrad has joined the cast to play another original character named Mara, who is a handmaiden and friend to Jasmine. It seems that Disney are aware of this argument, though, and are trying to respond to it, if the casting of the Iranian Negahban is anything to go by. Kenzari, playing Jafar, is of Tunisian descent, and Moussad is Egyptian and Canadian.
At the time of the movie's release, Arab American groups and cultural commentators voiced their disappointment with the film's depiction of the Middle East, including the stereotypically ethnic appearance of the villains in comparison to Anglicised "good" characters. The 1992 hit film was often a staple in so many childhood homes and is still one of the most popular child films for the newer generations coming up.
Disney has been busy making live-action versions of beloved animated classics, and perhaps none has been as closely watched - and criticized - as "Aladdin". Is he bringing a character from the original 1992 film to life?
Does Will Smith's photo make you excited about Aladdin?