As Disney continues to shovel its old animated masterpieces into the reboot machine, fans are left with little alternative but to wait and worry until we inevitably fork over our money for the chance to see what they churn out — ideally in IMAX 3D, please. The Lion King is next up for the reboot treatment, and after that it'll be everyone's favorite street rat, Aladdin. Casting news for Aladdin has only just started to trickle in this July, with rumor confirmation that Will Smith will tackle the beloved wish-granting, wise-cracking Genie, made popular by the late, great Robin Williams. Aladdin and Jasmine will be played by relative newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott (a.k.a. the new Pink Ranger in Power Rangers).
This time around, it looks like Jafar won't be the only one competing with Aladdin for the princess's affections (if they even keep that creepy plotline at all). There's a new prince in Agrabah, and his name is Prince Anders. THR announced that Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) will be playing an original role not seen in 1992 of another hopeful prince vying for Jasmine's affections. But hold your breath — it gets better! Magnussen has already embodied the role of stuffed-shirt, swaggering peacock Prince Charming — literally — when he played the Other Prince to Chris Pine's the Prince in Disney's 2014 musical Into The Woods. "Anders" is the German word for "other," so it seems like a safe bet that he'll be a foil to our kind-hearted Prince Ali, rather than an actual love interest for the intelligent and confidant Princess Jasmine.
Haven't seen Into the Woods? You should probably watch Magnussen and Pine sing their duet right now. I'll wait.
Prince Anders isn't the only new character in Guy Ritchie's film. Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) also joins the cast as Mara, one of Jasmine's ladies-in-waiting. We'll be waiting for quite a while to see this whole new world, though. Aladdin currently has no release date, and The Lion King is up first in on July 19, 2019.
Are you excited for the live-action version of Aladdin?