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Disney+ Announces Possible 'Aladdin' Spinoff, Fans Are Angry

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By Natalie Hunter

Disney+ is talking about releasing an 'Aladdin' spinoff movie starring Prince Anders. According to PopCulture, Disney+ is already in the process of hiring comedic writers Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme. THR reports that the spinoff is "in the planning stages."

Prince Anders is played by white actor Billy Magnussen. His character was added into the live action remake of 'Aladdin' as a suitor trying to win Jasmine's heart. His scene wasn't particularly memorable, but Prince Anders is set to be the center of the spinoff.

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Disney+ announcement came out just days after 'Aladdin' lead Mena Massoud told TheDailyBeast that he hasn't had a single role offer since 'Aladdin.'

"I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it. I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin," the actor told The Daily Beast. "'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."

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"People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I'm sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion," he said. "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."

Supposedly Magnussen had come to Disney+ with the idea himself. 'Aladdin' producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich jumped right on it.

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However, fans are still outraged. They feel that it is an injustice to Massoud.

"So Disney:

  1. Wrote a white character into the film that wasn’t in the cartoon

  2. Gives him his own spinoff while the non-white actors aren’t even getting auditions after starring in a billion+ blockbuster

That’s Hollywood’s racism in a nutshell," one fan tweeted.

"So the main star of the film hasn’t had an audition since it opened, yet the white actor who no one remembers gets a spin-off. Freakin what ??" another fan added.

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"they really thought it was a good idea to announce they’re giving a white secondary character his own show days after the star of the movie said he hasn’t gotten any auditions since?" one user asked.

"By scene stealing do you mean his character stole a role that could have been written for a MENA actor? " another asked.

Massoud has yet to comment on the sequel. It is currently unknown whether any of the other 'Aladdin' characters will appear in the spinoff.

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