Share this Story
/

The Aladdin Live-Action Remake Will Introduce a New Character

Christina Marfice

by

Trending writer

Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Disney added a new character to the Aladdin remake, but why?

After the success of Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, fans were understandably excited for Aladdin to get the same live-action treatment. But a number of announcements about the upcoming film have left fans skeptical to say the least.

More: Carrie Fisher's Daughter Wrote the Most Heartfelt Speech in Her Honor

First, there was the news that Jasmine would be played by Naomi Scott, an actor who is British and Indian rather than Middle Eastern like all the characters in the original story. Aladdin will be played by Egyptian actor Mena Massoud, which seems to have helped smooth things over with fans who were disappointed in Jasmine's casting.

But now, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that there will be a completely new character in the live-action version of the story. This new character will be played by actor Billy Magnussen, who is clearly white. What makes the news even harder for fans to swallow is that Magnussen's character's name is "Prince Anders." We don't know any plot details yet, but you know that sounds like he's a rival prince who is also competing for Jasmine's heart, which doesn't sound like the Aladdin many of us grew up with.

The announcement of Magnussen's casting has left fans feeling very upset; it's totally understandable. For a movie that's set in the ancient Middle East where white people literally don't exist and furthermore to add what might well be a white character into a cast that's clearly focused on staying true to casting actors of color, as the logic of Aladdin dictates, is as confusing as it is frustrating.

More: You Need to See Hilary Duff Recreating Her Awkward Disney Promo

More: We Spotted 11 Nostalgic Callbacks in the New Beauty and the Beast Trailer

Look, the fans have a point here. There was no need to add a white actor to Aladdin, a story that should be a space for people of color since it focuses on the lives of people of color. Those spaces are already so lacking in Hollywood, and at the moment, it still seems completely unnecessary that an arbitrary white character was added into this precious film for no reason.

Comments
Follow Us

SheKnows Media ‐ Entertainment

Hot
New in Entertainment
Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started