The remake machine continues apace with a first look at Aladdin.
Seriously, Disney are on an absolute tear with these live action remakes. We’ve already had new versions of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, and we’re soon to get Dumbo, The Lion King, and Mulan. Somewhere in the middle, on May 24th, 2019, a revamped version of Aladdin will appear, and this morning, we got our first glimpse at how it’s going to look:
Whilst the trailer gives you a first taste of Mena Massoud’s Aladdin, Londoner Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar, the scrutiny falls firmly on the role of the Genie. Made famous by the late Robin Williams’ inimitable performance, Will Smith is the man in the lamp this time – and yes, he is painted blue.
Smith has reportedly attempted to pay homage to Williams whilst putting his own spin on the part, and I’m personally expecting at least one joke about how he’ll turn Aladdin into the Fresh Prince of Agrabah. Directed, somewhat improbably, by Guy Ritchie, the film will see the return of most of your favourite characters. I say most because, a mere three months from the release date, there appears to be no sign of Iago on any cast lists I can find – implying that the wisecracking parrot will be silenced in this version. I guess this Aladdin really is A Whole New World after all…
You’ll be able to catch Aladdin in UK cinemas from May 24, 2019.
Featured image: IMDb