Disney finally released a teaser for the widely anticipated live-action Aladdin remake, giving fans a taste of the magic yet to come. The release follows the recent poster reveal made by Will Smith on Instagram, who plays Genie in this remake.
The film is set to star Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Navid Negahban as Sultan. The film is directed by Guy Ritche, and the script was penned by John August.
The film is slated for release on May 24, 2019, but there’s no word yet on when we can expect a full trailer. Even though the teaser only gave us a quick glimpse of Aladdin, fans already have high hopes for the film.
The teaser features iconic settings from the original 1992 version, including the beautiful Agrabah Desert and the infamous Cave of Wonders. Jafar’s silhouette is also briefly featured outside the Cave of Wonders and his companion, Iago, is seen flying above at the beginning of the trailer.
However, the clip does not feature Princess Jasmine or Genie, two fan-favourite characters from the first film. Since the film is currently in post-production, it is possible that CGI (if used on Genie’s character) may not be completely ready. There is still quite a bit of time until the release of the film, and with promotion underway, Disney might even be ready to release first looks of the characters in upcoming weeks.
The visuals are not the only shining, shimmering, splendid part of the trailer. The original composer of the 1992 film, Alan Menken is collaborating with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on the new soundtrack. Menken is known for his work on other previous Disney films including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and The Beast (1991), Pocahontas (1995) and Hercules (1997).
Pasek and Paul have both previously worked together on movie musical soundtracks including the 2016 film La La Land and 2017’s The Greatest Showman. Both films have been critically acclaimed for their soundtracks, making fans not only excited to watch the Aladdin film, but to hear the soundtrack as well.
The trailer also features a mystical rendition of “Arabian Nights” from the original film.
Granted the success of Disney’s other live-action remakes, including 2015’s Cinderella and 2017’s Beauty and The Beast, we are hopeful that this film will follow en suite and take a magic carpet ride to the top of the box-office.
Check out the trailer below: