Disney's 'Aladdin' Trailer Gives First Look at Will Smith as Genie
Disney is giving Aladdin fans a first look at Will Smith's Genie.
The new take on its animated classic unveiled a trailer on Sunday night during the Grammy Awards, also featuring looks at Jasmine and more scenes featuring Aladdin and Agrabah. Jafar can even be seen ushering Aladdin to the Cave of the Wonders.
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Smith posted the trailer to his Instagram, writing, "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!!"
Mena Massoud stars in the live-action remake as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. The cast also includes Billy Magnussen and Nasim Pedrad.
Scott told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that her take on Jasmine emphasizes the princess' ability to lead.
"You really get in this adaptation of the movie that her heart is for her people, and her main objective is what's best for her kingdom," she said. "And you really get a sense that she has those leadership qualities within her."
The first trailer debuted in October 2018, though fans only got a quick look at Aladdin and his famous lamp.
The original Aladdin, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, premiered in 1992 and earned more than $504 million globally. Guy Ritchie is directing this time around, making him just one of several filmmakers taking on adaptations and reboots of beloved Disney animated movies including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming Lion King and Dumbo — the latter of which Disney also aired a trailer for during Sunday's Grammys.
Director Jon Favreau — who previously helmed another Disney remake, The Jungle Book, in 2016 — is behind the new Lion King, which broke records for views after its first teaser dropped on Thanksgiving Day. Stars including Donald Glover, Beyonce and James Earl Jones are voicing the film's iconic animals.
Disney is also set to remake animated classics including Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Pinocchio.
Aladdin hits theaters May 24, 2019.
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