Will Disney Move Forward with Their ‘Aladdin’ Spin-Off About Prince Anders?

Disney announced that a new series would premiere on their streaming platform regarding Prince Anders, a character from 2019’s Aladdin. This news comes only weeks after Mena Massoud shared that he hasn’t had “a single audition” since starring in Disney’s live-action blockbuster. Will Disney be moving forward with their Disney+ spin-off series? Here’s what we know about this television show and what fans are saying on social media.

Billy Magnussen, who portrays Prince Anders in Disney's live-action 'Aladdin'
Billy Magnussen, who portrays Prince Anders in Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Disney announced they’re making a spin-off series about the live-action ‘Aladdin’ character, Prince Anders

A new, original series is coming to Disney+. Recently, the company shared its plans for a spin-off from the live-action Aladdin movie. This series will feature Prince Anders, one of the Princess Jasmine’s many dim, yet charming, suitors, portrayed by Billy Magnussen.

Once Disney broke the news, fans were unhappy, to say the least. Some said it’s in poor taste to create a series about one of the only white characters in a film that predominantly features POC. One of the most prominent cast members in the movie is the 28-year-old actor, Mena Massoud.

This news comes only weeks after Mena Massoud shared news about his acting career

While some fans are excited about this upcoming television show, others were quick to point out that Mena Massoud, the actor who portrays the title character of the movie, has not had “a single audition” since the premiere of Disney’s billion-dollar movie. The actor shared this news earlier in 2019, during an interview with The Daily Beast.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” Mena Massoud said. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”

Disney fans responded to news of the ‘Aladdin’ spin-off series

Once news broke of the upcoming series on Disney+, it wasn’t exactly met with open arms. Some viewers took to social media, sharing their thoughts on Disney’s choice to make a television show about one of the movie’s only white characters. The response wasn’t exactly positive.

“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+,” said one Twitter user. “I mean, even the magic carpet had a bigger role in the movie than that dude.”

“Like, sure, that character was funny. Easily the most charming part of an otherwise bad remake. But not ‘Seriously, I want to see that dude in his own movie’ funny,” wrote another Twitter User. “As others have pointed out, that this story is arriving a day after Mena Massoud — who plays Aladdin in this billion-dollar-grossing film — said he can’t get an audition for any projects, well, it’s Not Great, Bob.”

So is Disney still going forward with this project? The company has yet to make a statement regarding the criticism. Presumably, this Prince Anders series will premiere on the streaming platform within the upcoming years.

The original animated film, Aladdin, is available for streaming on Disney+. To learn more about Disney’s subscription service, visit their website.