Tonight, the first trailer for director Guy Ritchie's highly anticipated Aladdin dropped during Thursday Night Football. Fans have been curious when actual footage would be made public, and that curiosity spiked after Will Smith revealed the film's poster on his Instagram earlier this week.
Smith is tasked with filling the shoes (or lamp, if you will) of the late Robin Williams, as he takes on the role of the mythical blue genie who helps Aladdin on his quest. Williams, of course, voiced the genie in Disney's 1992 animated movie, and stole the show in the process.
As far as the new minute-plus teaser, it doesn't reveal much. After opening on some serene shots of the desert, we see a bird flying, which is presumably Iago the parrot (as voiced by Gilbert Gottfried in the animated film). Then, we see the entrance to the mythical Cave of Wonders, with an ominous voiceover that warns "only one may enter here," before ending on a shot of Aladdin (Mena Massoud) walking up to the famed golden lamp.
Disney is obviously playing things close to the vest here. Outside of the couple seconds that we see Aladdin, almost nothing is revealed, including Smith's take on the famed blue genie. Basically, it's like that first Venom teaser that never actually showed Venom.
Granted, that worked for Venom, and we're still a long ways off until Aladdin's May 24 release date, so there's bound to be plenty of trailers between now and then.
Aladdin is the latest Disney movie to get the live action treatment, which started with The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Currently, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and Lilo and Stich are in various stages of development — and all have drawn top-tier actors to help bring these characters to life. Along with a healthy amount of CGI, of course.
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