Disney and EW has revealed our first look at Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action reimagining of the 1992 classic, Aladdin with a whole bunch of first look images featuring Will Smith as The Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Abu!
The magazine has also released their cover featuring Smith, Massoud, and Scott altogether!
Worrying about Will Smith’s Genie not being blue? Well worry no more, according to EW, the final version of Will Smith’s Genie in his blue floating lamp form isn’t quite finished yet. But Ritchie gives EW a tease of what he’ll look like: “I wanted a muscular 1970s dad,” the director says. “He was big enough to feel like a force — not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room.” When Aladdin first stumbles across the lamp in the Cave of Wonders, a big cerulean cloud whooshes out of the spout, forming into Smith’s goateed Genie, complete with a topknot. After a quick musical introduction, Smith’s swagger shines through as he asks a dumbstruck Aladdin, “You really don’t know who I am? Genie…wishes…lamp? None of that ringing a bell? Wow, that’s a first.” Ritchie explains that Smith’s Genie is more self-aware. “I like the fact that our Genie has an ego and is a little bit vain and he cares about how he’s presented because he’s been doing this for a very long time.” After all, the Fresh Prince knows how to make an entrance.
“I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world,” Smith says. “There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history.”
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Aladdin is set to hit cinemas in May 2019.