Live-Action 'Aladdin' Backtracks On Progress, Adds A White Prince To Its Cast

Another day, another whitewashing controversy concerning the live-action remake of Aladdin. After multiple trips and falls trying to cast actors for the highly-anticipated Guy Ritchie film, it seemed like Aladdin was out of the woods with its ethnically diverse and more or less accurate list of lead stars. Or so we thought...

With Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Navid Negahban as the Sultan already goofing on the set, Disney confirmed that American actor Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) will be joining the film and take the role of Prince Anders, a new character created exclusively for the movie musical. 

Magnussen's character – Prince Anders – is described as a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine. It's still a mystery what part will he play in the overall story, but from the description, it seems like he will be a romantic rival for Aladdin.

The news caused quite a shitstorm on Twitter. People took to social media to express their discontent with Disney's decision, calling it unnecessary to alter the original story just to include a white character.

To be fair, Magnussen's character isn't the only new addition – actress Nasim Pedrad will incarnate Mara, a handmaiden and friend of Jasmine's, which hasn't appeared in the original story.

Neither the actor nor Disney have issued a comment regarding the backlash yet.