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First Aladdin Trailer Drops

While pictures had been released of Disney’s live action Aladdin movie, including those of Will Smith’s Genie, there were a lot of questions surrounding the film. The biggest question of course is would the Genie be blue like he was in the animated feature, considering the photos that had come out didn’t have him in the familiar hue. Smith had stated that his character would be, but you never know. Now though, with the release of the first trailer, at least some of those questions have been answered, and chief among them is yes, the Genie is indeed blue. 

The Guy Ritchie directed film’s trailer only shows a brief look at the movie, it was after all released on TV during the Grammy Awards, but it has peeked our curiousity. In it you see Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. We also get to see Marwan Kenzari playing a picture pefect Jafar, who sends Aladdin in to retrieve the magic lamp. Of course it was Smith’s Genie everyone is interested in, who appears near the end of the trailer.

Smith has stated from the beginning that playing the Genie was difficult. After all, Robin Williams made the role his own in the animated feature, and walking in the late comedian’s footsteps wasn’t easy. It appears though that Smith might just be up to the task, but the jury is still out on it considering the trailer only shows a brief clip of him. 

Aladdin is the latest Disney feature to receive the live-action treatment, and the first of two to be released this year. The animated film was the highest grossing film of 1992, and won two Oscars and a Grammy. The live action feature is due to hit theatres on May 24. 

 


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