Live-action Aladdin adds Billy Magnussen as new character
Agrabah is getting some new royal blood.
Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie has cast Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, a newly created character, EW has confirmed.
The 32-year-old actor, who previously portrayed Rapunzel’s Prince in Disney’s Into the Woods, joins an ensemble that includes Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, and Will Smith as the Genie. More details about Magnussen’s character have yet to emerge.
Guy Ritchie is directing Aladdin, which will draw inspiration from the 1992 animated movie and the folk tale of One Thousand and One Nights fame. The script is by John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Aladdin is one of several Disney projects to put a live-action spin on a beloved animated film, including the already released Cinderella, Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as the upcoming Lion King and Dumbo.
Magnussen’s other screen credits include Bridge of Spies, Ingrid Goes West, and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.