“Your life begins now… Aladdin”. Watch this special look at Disney’s #Aladdin, in theaters May 24. pic.twitter.com/6kgsmxUtam
— Disney’s Aladdin (@disneyaladdin) February 11, 2019
Get your magic carpets ready!
During Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Disney released a new trailer for its highly anticipated live-action remake of Aladdin.
The film, which is set to hit theaters next May, arrives 27 years after the original animated version came out in 1992.
The minute-long clip also included the first look at footage of Will Smith‘s spin on the genie, first made famous by Robin Williams.
His skin is dyed blue in the film (from the waist up at least, with a swirl of smoke from the waist down) and in the trailer playfully ribs star Mena Massoud, “You really don’t know who I am? Genie, wishes, lamp … none of that ringin’ a bell?”
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When it was first announced that Smith would be portraying the role of the Genie, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, gushed about his new gig on an episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“‘You know what, this is perfect for you because you’re always creating magic,’ ” the actress recalled telling her husband, who has been in early talks to headline the film since last April.
Late last year, Smith shared the first poster of the remake to Instagram, captioning the shot “LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE! #aladdin”
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Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari will also be playing the roles of Princess Jasmine and Jafar, while Billy Magnussen will be portraying a new character, Prince Anders.
The film, directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), will go back and tell the story leading up to 1992’s classic film and reveal how the Genie ended up enslaved in the lamp.
For the remake, the fictional city of Agrabah will be created from global influences, including the Middle East, India and even China. Not only will the 1992 animated movie be a major influence, but the screenplay will go back to the classic Arabic folktales of One Thousand And One Nights.
Disney’s Aladdin hits theaters on May 24.