Thanks to EW, we’ve got our first look at Will Smith as Genie in the image above (“I’m gonna be blue!” he says in his Instagram post below), as well as looks at Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kanzari as the villainous sorcerer Jafar, and a frightened Abu below. Playing the titular street urchin is Egyptian-born Mena Massoud.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Disney has on offer here. They’ve had financial success translating their animated library into live-action form, and for the most part the adaptations have been relatively solid. Fingers crossed for Aladdin, which marks a big change of pace for director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes). Ritchie’s offerings have been quite mixed and he’s never tackled a big musical before, but Disney’s recent track record and having new songs by Disney music legend Alan Menken and La La Land / The Greatest Showman Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul certainly can’t hurt. Oh, and don’t worry – the classic songs will apparently remain.
Aladdin, which Ritchie also co-wrote with John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride), will open in Australia on May 23 and hits the US on May 24. In case you missed it or want to see it again, you can find the teaser trailer right HERE.