This year, Disney will be taking us to a whole new world of their live-action adaptations of their animated classics. Following up the success of such films like The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast, the studio will be releasing Aladdin. Expectations are riding high for this one as it is a widely beloved title and all eyes will be on Will Smith, who plays the role of Genie, who was voiced by the late Robin Williams in the original.
During the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night, Disney unveiled another look at the live-action Aladdin, which reveals our first look at Smith’s genie. Watch it here below.
Many were wondering whether or not Smith’s Genie would be blue, the skin color of the character in the animated original, voiced by the late Robin Williams. Images have shown Smith in Arabic garb, but not blue. Although, Smith has addressed those concerns saying that he would be blue in genie form and not blue in human form. Now with this first look, we can clearly see that he will be blue.
For this teaser to be released on Grammy night, I find it rather funny that we do not get a small tease of any of the songs. Even one lyric from a familiar one. We know that Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. So hopefully they will be worth the wait.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disneyâ€™s animated classic, â€œAladdinâ€ is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (â€œSherlock Holmes,â€ â€œThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.â€), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, â€œAladdinâ€ is written by John August (â€œDark Shadows,â€ â€œBig Fishâ€) and Ritchie based on Disneyâ€™s â€œAladdin.â€ The film stars Will Smith (â€œAli,â€ â€œMen in Blackâ€) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (â€œTom Clancyâ€™s Jack Ryanâ€) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (â€œPower Rangersâ€) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (â€œMurder on the Orient Expressâ€) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (â€œLegionâ€) as the Sultan concerned with his daughterâ€™s future; Nasim Pedrad (â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€) as Dalia, Princess Jasmineâ€™s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (â€œInto the Woodsâ€) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (â€œThe Great Wallâ€) as Hakim, Jafarâ€™s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as the title character alongside Smith as the blue Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, along with Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. It opens in theaters on May 24, 2019.