Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Casts Billy Magnussen As New Character

Aladdin Billy MagnussenThe Hollywood Reporter has revealed Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies) has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action Aladdin as a brand new character made just for the film.

Who Magnussen’s mystery character is remains under wraps currently. The actor joins the cast which includes Mena Massoud who stars in the titular role of Aladdin, as well as Will Smith as the Genie, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Numan Acar (Homeland) as Hakim, the head of the guards and Jafar’s right-hand man, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

Magnussen isn’t the only actor playing the role of an original character in the film as former Saturday Night Live comedienne Nasim Pedrad is playing Mara, a handmaiden, and friend to Jasmine.

Guy Ritchie is directing the film from a script written by John August (Big Fish) and Game of Thrones writer Vanessa Taylor. August and Ritchie are also producing the film with Dan Lin. Marc Platt (La La Land) and Chris Montan (Frozen) will both be consulting for the project while Jonathan Eirich (Deathnote) serves as executive producer. Production on the project is taking place in London.

As of now, the live-action remake of Aladdin does not have a release date. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Aladdin as we learn it.

Source: THR

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Disney Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.