Aladdin is one of those movies from our childhood that will forever be a fave. And no small part of that is due to Robin Williams’ excellent Genie. The big blue dude captured the heart and minds of us 90s kids everywhere. When it was announced that Will Smith had been cast to take on the role, one thing was sure. He’s got some pretty big shoes to fill, and I’m not just talking about the “phenomenal cosmic powers”.
Well, with the live action remake of the Disney Classic set for release later this year, Disney have just released the first look at Will Smith’s Genie in his fully blue glory. We also get a few more glimpses of iconic characters like Jafar, Iago, Jasmine and the flying carpet.
The new movie is a great step forward for Hollywood studios casting Middle Easter characters with Middle Eastern actors. Aladdin will be played by Mena Massoud, Princess Jasmine by Naomi Scott, Jafar played by Marwan Kenzari, and Navid Negahban playing the Sultan.
The film is set for release in Aus on May 23rd this year. Wrap your eyes around the new trailer (and Will Smith’s blue nips) below!
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