Disney struck gold once again with its live-action remake of Aladdin. The family-friendly musical made over 1 billion at the worldwide box-office. After the mega success of Guy Ritchie’s remake, it didn’t take long for Disney+ to announce a live action Aladdin spinoff.
The series isn’t following any of the movie’s leads. Aladdin, Jasmine, and Jafar, as far as we know, are not returning for the spinoff. The live-action Aladdin spinoff will star Prince Anders. The Prince was a grinning goof and considered by many a bright spot of the film. The dim prince hailed from the fictional kingdom called Skaland. He was Princess Jasmine’s less-than-impressive suitor, as far as brains and personality go. The character wasn’t in the animated classic, but a new character created for the remake.
The role was played by consistent scene-stealer, Billy Magnussen. The actor was a part of hatching the story for the series, which was announced at the end of 2019. Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme wrote the scripts for the series. The writing duo have penned high-profile but unproduced projects, including an esports movie starring Will Ferrell and Operation Prince of Freedom, “centered on an un-PC celebrity, the Taliban and an alien invitation, set up at Fox” (via THR).
Disney has produced sequels to their live-action remakes, including Alice Through the Looking Glass and an in-the-works Lion King sequel. However, the studio has never made a spinoff from one of these hit films. The live action Aladdin spinoff is a first. When it was first announced, many Aladdin fans were disappointed it wasn’t starring the film’s breakout stars, including Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud. Disney, however, decided to focus on one of the film’s few white stars, Billy Magnussen.
To his credit, Magnussen has been an MVP as far as supporting players go in recent years. The actor knows how to score a lot of laughs, especially in Game Night. The actor’s talents go well beyond comedy, though. The actor was terrifying in an overlooked gem from the last few years, The Oath, and the rightfully beloved, Ingrid Goes West. He can play goofy, but he’s a big guy, too, who can play a menacing presence with a smile. The actor will continue to display his range in the next James Bond film, No Time to Die.
With the live action Aladdin spinoff, though, Magnussen will rely on his goofier instincts. He does it well. The actor was funny in the live-action Disney film. The character doesn’t exactly scream for a spinoff like the stars of the movie do, but the powers-that-be at Disney see potential in the project. At the time of the project’s announcement, it was the first live-action spinoff in the works. Now, Disney+ is close to making a Beauty & The Beast spinoff, which will soon go into production. Disney will milk material for all it’s got. The company leaves no dime left untouched on a table.
The quality of the film left Aladdin divided. Ritchie’s movie didn’t recapture the magic of the original, despite the box-office success. Will Smith was wonderful and delivered a performance that was a callback to his ‘90s work. Everyone was fairly charismatic in the movie, but Guy Ritchie was all wrong for the movie. Musical numbers and romance are not what he excels at. Aladdin didn’t feel like a Guy Ritchie movie, but another Disney product. The product, however, was a huge hit and has now paved the way for a live action Aladdin spinoff.
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