It’s finally here! Disney has released a trailer for their 2019 live-adaptation of the 1992 animated classic, Aladdin.
Revealed during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the new film will star Will Smith as the Genie along with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Marwen Kenzari as Jafar and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Announced that the live-adaptation would be directed by Guy Ritchie in 2016, the new trailer reveals the image of the Genie.
Will is cast as the big blue Genie, who was played by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. Will talked to Entertainment Weekly about his thoughts behind playing the Genie.
“What made the Genie special is that even though he was in a period piece, the Genie had been forward and backwards in time, so because the Genie knew all things from all time, the references and the way that he spoke and the energy that he brought to the character was of a specific era of Robin Williams,” Will said of the original Genie played by Robin Williams. “I wanted to do that and I really picked that period, the 1990 to 1996 period of what people most remember of the arc that I had created and tried to build a character that lived in that time and space, so it felt nostalgic but also new. ”
Aladdin is set to hit theathers on May 24.