Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Casts Billy Magnussen As A Brand New Character

Oh...Disney's still casting Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin? I thought that was over weeks ago. And apparently they've decided not to make it a movie of all brown people, because Billy Magnussen has been cast in an undisclosed role. Actually, it's not just an undisclosed role, it's a brand new character created specifically for him.

So Disney went out of their way to make sure it wasn't all brown folks. Got it.

You know me, I don't really indulge in all of the whitewashing stuff, but when you make a decision you should stick to it. Disney has already taken heat for their casting choices on the film after previously making clear they intended to cast only people of color. The 32-year-old Magnussen will play new Prince Anders. To be fair, he does have experience playing a prince, having done so in Rob Marshall's Into the Woods. He joins a cast that includes Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Nasim Pedrad as Mara (another new character), and Will Smith as the Genie. Scott's casting wasn't exactly appreciated, either, but at least she's a combination of British, Ugandan, and Indian heritage.

The funny thing is, Magnussen was in a similar controversy only recently. He had a major role in Bruce Lee film Birth of the Dragon, and there was an uproar across social media because the trailers seemed to focus on Magnussen's fictional martial arts student rather than the real-life battle between Lee and Wong Jack Man. I'd argue those people should have watched the movie and seen how crappy it was whether Magnussen was there or not. They'd probably care much less. [THR]