It’s only been a day since Will Smith dropped the official Aladdin poster for the much-anticipated live action movie heading to theatres May 24th, 2019. BUT, Disney has now dropped the first Aladdin trailer, a teaser trailer, one that piques our interest. You can view it below, but first…
ALADDIN is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s ALADDIN.
ALADDIN stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. 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.The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
Having spent time listening to Alan Menken during D23 Expo last year, I’m that much more thrilled to hear the new recordings.
There’s much chatter about Will Smith taking on the epic role that Robin Williams filled in the original animated classic. I’m not worried in the least, something I was just telling one of my followers on Facebook. If anyone can pull this off, it’s Will Smith. I believe whole-heartedly that he will be hilarious and respectful of the place in Disney history Robin Williams had. I think he’ll bring the Genie to life in an entirely new way, not try to copy what our late friend once did. And I cannot wait to see him succeed.
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ALADDIN releases in theatres everywhere on May 24, 2019!
On a personal note, did you hear the news? More details coming soon…