Just as the actor was dealing with rather harsh and should we say, brutal criticism as a very blue Genie in the first trailer, this one has got the fans nostalgic and ready to shed some tears over it.
Will Smith is finally here to weave his magic essaying the iconic role of Genie in Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' remake. Just as the actor was dealing with rather harsh and should we say, brutal criticism as a very blue Genie in the first teaser, this one has got the fans nostalgic and ready to shed some tears over it.
Fans finally got a glimpse of Will Smith's Genie in all its glory in the new trailer that Disney dropped on March 12. The trailer shows Smith's Genie hilariously making Aladdin talk to Jasmine following which they take a ride across the beautiful city of Agrabah on the magic carpet.
The earlier teasers had given us a chance to take a gander at the desert Kingdom of Agrabah, a baller hero in Aladdin, and, of course, the extremely blue Genie. Meanwhile, the full new trailer, debuted on Good Morning America, takes us back to the early 1990s involving the movie’s iconic musical sequences and Genie’s magical wish-granting powers.
“I thought a Princess could go anywhere,” Aladdin tells Jasmine as they take off, with Jasmine replying, “Not this princess.” Although we were all pretty certain that nobody, and we mean nobody, could replace the magic that Robin Williams brought to Genie in the 1992 animated version, but we were truly in for a surprise!
The new trailer has Will Smith bringing back the good ol' days of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Smith's Genie can be seen rapping “Friend Like Me” and surprisingly, Jasmine taking on a more traditional version of “A Whole New World”. The sets are big, the city is looking gorgeous and a proper nostalgic ride back to the 90s, this is exactly what the fans were hoping to relive in the live action version of Aladdin.
Will Smith does manage to bring the laughs this time and the mischief that surely has us way more excited than we were, after the first teaser had dropped last month. The reception to the first trailer was way too horrific, following which Disney had to make a major decision in dropping the 'Frozen II' teaser in order to change the conversation and probably, overcome the severe backlash.
"It turns out that Will Smith's Aladdin Genie will haunt my nightmares," tweeted one social media user after the first teaser. Another added: "I'll never sleep again and it's all Will Smith's fault."
However, if you are a 90s kid who is looking forward to getting all teary-eyed watching Aladdin, wait there's more! 2019 will see two other live-action remakes release in theaters: The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau and Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the upcoming Aladdin movie is based on the 1992 animated classic. The much-anticipated remake stars Smith as the Genie, Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as the evil Jafar. The supporting cast list includes Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.
Earlier in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ritchie had described what he envisioned the genie to look like and said he wanted a "muscular 1970s dad".
"He was big enough to feel like a force - not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room," he added.
Smith had also earlier revealed that as an actor, he wants to bring in a more "hip-hop flavor" to the role. "Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying," he told Entertainment Weekly.
"The question is always, 'Where was there meat left on the bone?' Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character. "I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different."
Genie is finally out of the bottle and with just over two months to go, Aladdin will finally hit the big screens on May 24. As audiences, we cannot wait any longer to see new Aladdin and Jasmine falling in love, hanging out with Smith's Genie and defeating the new Jafar. May better be here soon!