Disney have been roundly attacked online have it was announced they're developing an Aladdin spin-off for a minor white character.
Make way for Prince…Anders? A spinoff film based on Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” is headed to Disney+, and Billy Magnussen, who played Prince Anders in the remake, will star in the project, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.Magnussen was one of the smarmy, wealthy princes who visits Agrabah to try and win Princess Jasmine’s (Naomi Scott) heart, and though his role was small, the rising star proved to be a scene-stealer in the film.Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme are attached to write the script for the untitled film that’s considered in early development at Disney+. Magnussen would reprise his role in the film, though the movie is not intended to be a sequel to “Aladdin.”Also Read: 'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Hasn't Had 'A Single Audition' Since Disney Film Came OutDan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the “Aladdin” remake,” are attached as producers via their Rideback banner, and Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive produce. Magnussen also approached the producers with an idea for the film and was involved with meeting with potential writers.The “Aladdin” remake grossed over $1 billion worldwide for Disney since its release in May.Magnussen will next be seen in “No Time to Die,” the 25th James Bond movie, as well as the prequel film to “The Sopranos,” “The Many Saints of Newark.” He’s represented by WME and Anonymous Content. Dunn and Kvamme are represented by Verve.THR first reported the news of the spinoff film.Read original story ‘Aladdin’ Spinoff Movie in the Works With Billy Magnussen for Disney+ At TheWrap
Mena Massoud, the star of Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” says he hasn’t seen any new career opportunities since starring in the film that has now grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.Massoud, who plays the title street rat in “Aladdin,” said in an interview Tuesday he hasn’t gotten a single audition in the wake of the film’s release.“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” Massoud told The Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like ‘Aladdin.’ ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since ‘Aladdin’ came out.”Also Read: 'Aladdin' to Hit $1 Billion Friday as Disney Remakes Keep Ruling Box OfficeMassoud is a 28-year-old Egyptian actor from Cairo who Disney selected in a worldwide casting search out of 2000 actors. The Daily Beast said that Massoud wasn’t ungrateful that he isn’t a household name, but he is surprised that a billion dollar film hasn’t opened at least some doors.“It’s wild to a lot of people,” Massoud said. “People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”He continued: “I think since ‘Aladdin’ my expectations for things releasing and what they’re going to do in my career, I’ve had to really pull them back. Because, you know, I got the same question about ‘Aladdin’ and it was like, ‘Oh, you know, Aladdin’s coming out. How do you feel about what that’s going to do to your career?’ The big truth is I haven’t really seen a big anything from it. As for whether people are gonna discover me from it or what it’s going to do, I literally have no clue. I can’t tell you I know how things are going to work out anymore.”Also Read: Films With Nonwhite Leads Gave Best Return on Investment, New Study SaysMassoud will next be seen in the Hulu series “Reprisal” that airs Friday, and his only other role on the horizon is the animated film “Lamya’s Poem.”Massoud starred in “Aladdin” from director Guy Ritchie earlier this summer alongside Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as the evil Jafar.Check out the full interview with Massoud at The Daily Beast.Read original story ‘Aladdin’ Star Mena Massoud Hasn’t Had ‘A Single Audition’ Since Disney Film Came Out At TheWrap
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SINGAPORE — Remakes are often tricky territory — after all, not everyone agrees on what elements in the original must also appear in the newer version.