The first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin successfully managed to get us excited because of the iconic and nostalgic musical score that accompanied the scenes. However, it didn’t offer us much else. Not only did it merely show us a couple of seconds of Mena Massoud as Aladdin, but it also didn’t give us any footage of the British-Indian Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the genie. Later, Disney dropped a number of ‘first look’ images of Will Smith as the popular character, but he wasn’t blue like in the animated classic where he was voiced by legendary comedian Robin Williams.
Well buddy, strap on your seatbelts and hold on tight! In a surprise TV spot that just aired during the Grammys, we finally got to witness Will Smith as the genie in his true blue form. And we have to say, it’s a bit of an acquired taste.
In case you’ve been living under a rock all your life, here’s the official synopsis of the classic film:
When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp — and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?
Check out some of the wallpaper worthy screenshots below:
While there’s no denying that the visual effects still need a lot of polishing, but I’m not too bummed about what we’ve been given so far. But maybe that’s because I didn’t exactly grow up with Aladdin (it was released a year before I was born).
The live action remake of Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie (known for his work on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch). Guy Ritchie is also the co-writer of the film, alongside John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The film is set to hit cinemas on 23 May 2019.