Aladdin fans SLAM spin-off casting after reboot's Mena Massoud admits he hasn't had an audition

Mail Online | 12/7/2019 | Jabeen Waheed For Mailonline
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The announcement of a new Aladdin spin-off, starring Billy Magnussen, has been met with widespread criticism.

A few days after Mena Massoud confessed he hadn't had a single audition since the live action reboot of Aladdin came out earlier this year, Disney+ has announced that his co-star Billy, 34 - who played royal Prince Anders vying for the attention of Princess Jasmin (Naomi Scott) - has signed onto the new project.

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Following the initial reports from The Hollywood Reporter, frustrated fans were quick to highlight the issues of race and privilege, as they questioned why Mena - who is of Egyptian descent - has been struggling in the industry, while Billy, who merely had a few scenes in the movie, has been awarded his own series.

According to reports, it was New York born actor Billy himself who approached producers for the spin-off idea.

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MailOnline has approached representatives for Disney+, Mena Massoud and Billy Magnussen for further comment.

Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme have been roped into writing the script, with the reboot's Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich returning as producers.

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Billy, who has starred in the likes of The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is said to be reprising his role as Prince Anders - which was an original character created for the reboot earlier this year.

However, while his efforts were met favourably from producers, fans of the Disney classic, which is set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah, were left outraged over Disney+'s decision to branch out into the franchise with a white actor.

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Outraged comments included the likes of: 'So let's talk about how they picked the only non-brown face in the cast from the live-action "Aladdin" to make a spin-off series for Disney+.'

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