Disney criticised after minor white ‘Aladdin’ character gets a spin-off

Fans upset Billy Magnussen getting Aladdin spin-off days after star Mena Massoud revealed he can't get an audition

Live-Action 'Aladdin' Spin-Off in Development at Disney+ to Center on Billy Magnussen's Character

While the House of Mouse is busy developing a feature follow-up to Aladdin, the new streaming service Disney+ has begun development on a film spin-off to the box office hit remake that will focus on Billy Magnussen's Prince Anders, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Many fans were even confused as to why the production house made a decision to develop a whole film on a character who appeared only in a couple of scenes in the film. The spinoff will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the Aladdin remake, with Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme attached to write a script for the nascent project.

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Aladdin also stars Navid Negahban (Homeland) as the Sultan, Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) as Dalia, Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) as Prince Anders, and Numan Acar (Homeland) as Hakim, Jafar's right-hand man and head of the palace guards. Magnussen will reprise the role for what is reportedly not a sequel to the original movie. The small role made a big impression on audiences.

Disney Plus is reportedly adding an Aladdin spinoff to its list of content.

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A representative for Disney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. "I want people to know that it's not always dandelions and roses when you're doing something like Aladdin", the 28-year-old Egyptian actor said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. "I haven't had a single audition since Aladdin came out".

It's also also most certainly the case that Middle Eastern and Arabic actors have an extremely hard time finding roles in American media that do not cast them as racist stereotypes.

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"The thing about this business, that is not unlike life, it's hard by design", Smith, 51, told PEOPLE on Wednesday when asked about Massoud's predicament. "So, if you're having a hard time it's because you're supposed to".

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