Twitter is not having it with the new white character in 'Aladdin'
Billy Magnussen has been cast as a new character Prince Anders, a rival of Prince Ali's, and people are not happy
Disney is being criticised for casting white actor Billy Magnussen as a new character called Prince Anders in the live-action Aladdin.
We've been pretty happy with the cast of Aladdin so far: Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), Will Smith (Genie), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar) and Nasim Pedra (Mara, Jasmine's handmaid, also a new character). We'll need to bite our tongue about the apparent absence of animal sidekicks Abu and Iago, but come on, does the world need a white prince who competes with our favourite street urchin-turned-prince? No. Unnecessary.
Billy, who starred in Into The Woods as Rapunzel's prince, is already receiving many comments on Instagram, calling for him to drop out of the production (just last month, Ed Skrein left the Hellboy reboot, in which he was set to play Major Ben Daimio, who is Asian in the comics). Meanwhile, fans have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at Disney's new cast member.
Disney can make a frame by frame remake of Beauty and the Beast, but Aladdin needs to be altered?! The animated film was perfect wtf! pic.twitter.com/pcz2k4rXyX— ferdosa @ TIFF (@atomicwick) September 6, 2017
They wrote a new character in for a remake of the cartoon Aladdin.....*looks at new character* pic.twitter.com/0QuGdskP9u— 🐶ThaTzuBurr🐻 (@BaeTzuBurr) September 6, 2017
How I feel about he live action remake of Aladdin right now: pic.twitter.com/g3F2lpQVcP— H.C. (@MorticiaMoon) September 6, 2017
oh my god the new guy in Aladdin is white and probably from europe— Mr. Feel (@mrfeelswildride) September 7, 2017
he'll mention Belle or some shit
DISNEY CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
Some serious apocalyptic shit going on. Three hurricanes in the Atlantic. Trump is president. And they put a white guy in Aladdin. #WTF— Phet Kanya (@phetkanya) September 7, 2017
Have difficulty finding Middle Eastern and Indian actors but can easily create a new character for a white actor 🙄 #Aladdin— Synthia T. (@synthiat) September 7, 2017
Disney just can't seem to get it right, huh? Remember when they took out General Li Shang from the live-action reboot of Mulan? Or when they couldn't decide if Mulan would include music? And when they were accused of stealing the concept for Inside Out? Or how they made Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog – the first ever black Disney princess – appear as a frog for the majority of her own animated movie?
At least we have this photo to help us get through the day.