Disney just added a new Aladdin character in the upcoming live-action remake of the beloved animated film from the 90s: a White prince named Prince Anders.
No further details about this new character have been revealed as of yet, but there is speculation that Prince Anders will play a romantic rival to Prince Ali, Aladdin’s royal, rich alter-ego.
Immediately after the casting was announced, netizens took to Twitter to question the decision, mainly asking why an additional White character was needed in a film set in the fictitious Middle Eastern city of Agrabah.
Perhaps AV Club summed up the casting choice (and everyone’s reaction to it) best:
“After an exhaustive global search to find actors to portray Aladdin and Jasmine in its upcoming live-action Aladdin adaptation and the hiring of a megawatt movie star to play the Genie, Disney looked over its cast list, thought to itself, “something’s not right here,” and went out and got a blue-eyed, blonde-haired white guy.”
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