When it came to casting the live-action version of "Aladdin," Disney had one job: Find a group of actors and actresses who embody the spirit and culture of the beloved animated original.
Disney did a decent job at first. Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud was cast as Aladdin, and Tunisian-Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari is set to play Jafar.
People were initially upset when it was announced that Naomi Scott, a biracial actress of British and Gujarati Indian descent, would play Princess Jasmine. (Critics worried that viewers would see South Asian and Middle Eastern people as interchangeable.)
But directors quickly made amends with fans by casting Black actor Will Smith as the Genie.
Just when it seemed like Disney had successfully navigated through the casting drama, it was announced that white actor Billy Magnussen has been cast as “an original character not seen in the 1992 animated pic" — and Twitter is LIVID.
Angry fans claim Disney invented a brand new character for the live-action "Aladdin" just so the film would have at least one white actor.
Magnussen is set to play Prince Anders, a royal who rules over a kingdom in the Middle East.
Disney's last-minute casting of Magnussen screams "whitewashing."
Seriously, did Disney really just change the original storyline to include a white actor in the plot?
Because it sure appears that way to fans...