Prince Ali has got some competition.
Billy Magnussen is joining Disney’s live-action Aladdin as Prince Anders.
The Guy Ritchie-directed movie based on the 1992 animation will star relative newcomer Mena Massoud as the street rat turned Prince Ali. Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott will play princess Jasmine, with Murder on the Orient Express actor Marwan Kenzari playing villain Jafar and Will Smith taking on the role of Genie.
Magnussen will play the new role created for the movie musical, with all other character details remaining buried in the Cave of Wonders. He joins SNL alum Nassim Pedrad who is set to play original character Mara, a handmaiden and friend to Jasmine.
John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride) penned the script. Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, is producing through his Lin Pictures banner.
Magnussen has had some experience playing a Disney prince. The Tony nominee appeared in Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods as Rapunzel’s prince, performing the duet “Agony” with Chris Pine.
The actor was last seen in the Aubrey Plaza indie Ingrid Goes West, and appeared in Stephen Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and Adam McKay’s The Big Short. His small screen work includes Netflix’s Black Mirror, Epix’s Get Shorty and playing Kato Kaelin in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story.
Up next, Magnussen will star opposite Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in the New Line comedy Game Night. He is repped by WME, Anonymous, BRS-Gage and Sloan Offer.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.