If an extended look at Disney’s new Aladdin remake was one of your three wishes, then today is your lucky day.
Based on the 1992 animation by Ron Clements and Jon Musker – which was itself adapted from the Arabic folk tale interpretation by Antoine Galland – Aladdin is just the latest in a long line of Disney live-action remakes.
This Aladdin comes from Legend of the Sword director Guy Ritchie and sees Hollywood newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott play the titular street rat and Jasmine, the Princess of his dreams, respectively.
Will Smith takes on the role of the Genie – following the legendary turn by Robin Williams – and Marwan Kenzari fills the dastardly boots of Jafar.
All of the original‘s songs will feature in the film, alongside a new solo for Jasmine and duet for her and Aladdin. Both have been penned in collaboration between original composer Alan Menken and La La Land and Greatest Showman song writers Pasek & Paul.
It would be fair to say that expectations for Aladdin are lower than those that anticipated the likes of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast. Whilst early reports that Disney had cast Billy Magnussen in the film attracted whitewashing controversy, the revelation that the production was applying brown makeup to white extras proved even more troubling. Further still, first-look stills led many to deem the film ‘cheap’ and equitable to pantomime.
The new trailer – released today and viewable below – should allay some fan fears that the film will lack spectacle but it remains to be seen whether Disney have a hit or a flop on their hands.
At least we have Tim Burton’s – allegedly acclaimed – Dumbo remake to look forward to first.
Aladdin brings a whole new world to UK cinemas on 24 May.