Whether or not you feel we need yet another Disney live-action remake, next summer we are getting the Aladdin one. There has certainly been mixed reactions to each of the previous remakes – Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, for example – but the Disney-loving child that resides in each of us can’t help but want to see these versions and see whether it lives up to the classics.
The live-action Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, has been received in much the same vein. Beloved by so many of us, could there possibly be another version? And don’t get fans started on anyone but Robin Williams as the Genie. Well we got our first look at the new film yesterday (October 11) with the release of the film’s first teaser trailer and I have to admit I’m intrigued.
Revealing only the journey to the Cave of Wonders and Aladdin coming across the lamp, what we do see is lavish, mysterious and dark. The desert scenes work better for me than the brief glimpse that we saw inside the Cave of Wonders (it didn’t really impress me and appears very cartoonish). There is really only a very quick look at Aladdin and even then it’s hard to tell much, however, he does not really look like someone who has had it rough and is living on the streets of Agrabah. Check out the trailer below.
Mena Massoud stars as Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. The movie also features Billy Magnussen and Nasim Pedrad.
Though, he doesn’t appear in this teaser, we won’t have to wait too much longer to see him blue. Aladdin opens in cinemas May 24, 2019.
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