It’s been a long 27 years since the original King of Thieves stumbled upon the genie within the Cave of Wonders. An instant classic, thirty-odd-years on and Aladdin is still a staple flick for kids of all ages.
In recent years, Disney has found a fair bit of success in its live-action remakes. We’ve seen the Jungle Book, Tarzan and even had a glimpse of a majestic Lion King trailer, but Disney’s latest escapade features a very, very familiar face. When a sneak peek of the Aladdin remake was shown at the Grammy awards the other night Will Smith’s Genie was the by far the main point of debate.
Smith took to Instagram to announce his portrayal of the emblematic character to his 28 Million followers. He wrote “I told ya’ll I was gon’ be blue! Ya’ll need to trust me often!” and bloody oath he wasn’t mucking about. The teaser had mixed reviews with many people finding the big blue Genie as a little unsettling.
Described as an “ambitious and non-traditional” remake of the classic, Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur. Alongside Will Smith, we’ll see Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and the suitably nefarious looking Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.
It’s not going to easy to fill the shoes left by Robin Williams, but there’s no doubt that Will Smith will bring his usual panache to the role. Aladdin is due to be released in late May 2019.
What do you think of the sneak peek and Will Smith as the Genie? Let us know.