People are not happy about Disney’s decision to cast a white actor as Aladdin in their new live action remake.
The original animated Disney film told an Arab-style fairytale of a man and woman who fall in love. The characters in the story are, of course, of Middle Eastern descent. So you can imagine why people are upset and claim that Disney is “whitewashing” the film’s plot after Billy Magnussen was cast as Aladdin.
Magnussen, who played a prince in Disney’s “Into the Woods,” was slated to play Prince Anders, who was not a character in the 1992 animated version. The Telegraphreported that Magnussen’s character would be Aladdin’s rival to winning over Princess Jasmine’s heart.
One person tweeted out, “Should #actor Billy Magnussen step down as ‘Prince Anders’ the newly created white character in #Aladdin?”
— Jeetendr Sehdev (@JeetendrSehdev) September 6, 2017
Another one said, “Why did they add a white prince to #Aladdin? This is going to be a disaster.”
— Jovanny Evans (@jobonito) September 6, 2017
The upcoming live-action film has already been criticized for its casting. Disney was slammed for casting British actress Naomi Scott, who has Indian heritage, to play Jasmine, a Middle Eastern princess, according to the Independent.
The film, which was set to be directed by Madonna’s former husband, Guy Ritchie, does not have a release date yet.
Do you think they should have cast people who looked more the part of the original “cast?” Is it an actual issue that they cast a white person into a story about Middle Eastern love, or are people just annoyed because now it won’t feel right?
I suppose this would be like a white woman being cast a Pocahontas, huh?