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People Are Really Mad 'Aladdin's' Prince Anders Is Getting His Own Spin-Off

It comes after Mena Massoud revealed he hadn't had any post-Aladdin auditions.

Disney really needs to work on their timing after The Hollywood Reporter broke the news they’re producing an Aladdin spinoff for Disney+ all about one of the movie’s most random characters – Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen).

The announcement comes just days after Aladdin star Mena Massoud revealed he hadn’t received any audition opportunities after starring in the film that grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

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Speaking with The Daily Beast, the actor expressed his frustration at not being considered for roles, despite proving he’s capable as a leading man in a big-budget film.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he 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.”

“It’s wild to a lot of people,” he added. “People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

It’s very strange to hear the studio is creating a Prince Anders spinoff given the character barely appeared in the movie. Perhaps if the announcement hadn’t come after Massoud’s news, the spinoff would have been met with enthusiasm.

Fans took to Twitter to slam Disney for the Prince Anders spinoff:

THR reports that Billy Magnussen came to the producers with the idea for a story and was involved in meeting potential writers for the series.

James Gunn May Have Revealed Captain America Is Star-Lord's Grandfather

Um, what?!

A fan theory about Chris Evans’ Captain America being Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord’s grandfather has once again popped up and even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has seemingly confirmed it’s true.

The theory first surfaced when fans realised the same actress who plays Meredith Quill in GOTG also shows up in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Laura Haddock appears in The First Avenger when she locks eyes with Steve Rogers during his tour of the US.

Because the universe is so carefully created, one Reddit user believes that the casting may have been on purpose.

They theorise that Steve and the woman had a one-night stand in the ’40s and she got pregnant. Which would then make Star-Lord a relative of the super-soldier.

The timeline might also check out, if Meredith was born in the ’40s, she’d be in her 30s in the ’70s when she meets Kurt Russell’s Ego and then gives birth to Peter soon after.

James Gunn also took to Twitter to seemingly confirm the rumours:

Sure, he said he “just made it up”, but Meredith Quill could very well have a mum who hooked up with Captain America during the war – though that part does feel a little out of character for Cap.

After all, he was only able to ask Peggy Carter out when he was about to crash into the ice. But the Reddit user believes he may have gone for it with the woman as he was gaining celebrity at the time.

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However, just because one actor played two parts in the same universe doesn’t mean too much given Gemma Chan played Sersi in Captain Marvel and is about to play Minn-Erva in Eternals and those characters aren’t related.

But we can still dream that Captain America is Star-Lord’s grandpa!

Pedro Pascal Accidentally Revealed The Mandalorian's Real Name

And no, it's not Mando.

The star behind The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal, accidentally revealed his character’s name during an interview last month where he discussed the new Star Wars series for Disney+.

The Mandalorian is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, but before The Force Awakens and follows the adventures of a bounty hunter as he embarks on a secret mission at the service of a mysterious man with connections to the fallen Empire.

It was originally rumoured that Disney would create a standalone movie about Boba Fett, but they instead moved forward with a story about a different bounty hunter who wears Fett’s classic Mandalorian armour.

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Throughout the series, The Mandalorian’s real name has never been revealed, but Pascal casually let slip the character’s name during an interview with Screen Slam.

The actor said, “The Mandalorian, whose real name is Dyn Jarren, is your iconically cool, flawed, mysterious, loner gunslinger that harkens to the best of the samurai movies and the Westerns and in talking to Jon [Favreau] I asked him what should I be looking at. I know he loves movies. I love movies. What should I be watching? And he immediately brought up Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa, Yojimbo, and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. So, he’s very samurai, Clint and me.”

Dyn Jarren is the phonetic spelling, as no one really knows how it’s actually spelled.

It seems as though the name isn’t a huge spoiler if Pascal was willing to just drop it in the interview, but it’s still interesting to hear.

Pascal explained a little more about why it’s so interesting to play the character, “I love the opportunity to make him as human and as accessible as possible. Which is strange to say because it’s impossible to get to him because he’s covered in armour from head to toe. And yet, the idea is that he’s relatable – we’re all kind of covered in our own armour and terrified of taking that armour off. And that’s the thing that crosses him over into a character that we’re all going to really want to follow.”

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Favreau previously spoke to Entertainment Weekly about those same influences, “What happens after a revolution? After the celebrations are over, when there’s no structure? Typically, in human history, unless you’re very lucky, those are times of tremendous chaos.

“Like after the Roman Empire falls, or when you don’t have a centralized Shogun in Japan, and, of course the Old West, when there wasn’t any government [on the frontier] — all the types of movies that inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars.”

We can’t talk about The Mandalorian and not mention Baby Yoda, who has become an Internet sensation since the first episode of the show was released.

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In episode four, Baby Yoda and Mando are in the cockpit of the spaceship and Baby Yoda gets the overwhelming urge to press a glowing green button. It’s not been made into a meme about the fight for the radio power switch with Mando turning the music off every time Baby Yoda turns it back on.

Pascal responded to one tweet in particular that had been edited to include Toto’s ‘Africa’ in the scene, saying, “Except I would never switch off that song.”

The Mandalorian really is the gift that keeps on giving.

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