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Billy Magnussen joins cast of Disney's live-action 'Aladdin'

By Wade Sheridan
Billy Magnussen joins cast of Disney's live-action 'Aladdin'
Billy Magnussen arrives on the red carpet at the "Me Before You" premiere on May 23, 2016. Magnussen has been cast in Disney's "Aladdin." File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Billy Magnussen has signed on to star in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin from director Guy Ritchie.

Magnussen will appear in the film based on the 1992 animated original as Prince Anders, a new character created for the remake, Entertainment Weekly reported.

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The actor joins a cast that includes Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, and Will Smith as the Genie.

Prince Anders will be the second newly created character alongside Mara, a handmaiden and friend to Princess Jasmine who will be played by Saturday Night Live alum Nasim Pedrad, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Magnussen was last seen alongside Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West and will star in the upcoming comedy Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. The 32-year-old previously portrayed a Disney prince in Into the Woods and has also starred in Bridge of Spies, The Big Short, Black Mirror, Get Shorty and The People v. O.J. Simpson.

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