Disney’s live-action movie ‘Aladdin’ trailer released

By February 12, 2019 Adaptations, News

Aladdin, Genie, and Jasmine are back… And this time they are live-action!

The Disney animation was loosely based on a Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin which features in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights). Antoine Galland added the story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp to the collection in the 18th century, attributing it to a Syrian storyteller, Youhenna Diab.

Since it first appeared Aladdin and the Magic Lamp has been one of the best known and most retold of all the tales despite being one of the newest additions. This would in part be down to Disney and their popular animated movie adaptation Aladdin starring the late Robin Williams as the Genie. With their version Disney took quite the creative licence with the plot, and it has since been accused of racism.

Disney have decided to reimagine their first adaptation in a live-action romp directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as the Genie of the lamp. After some discussion online about whether the Genie will be blue or not, Will Smith finally showed fans what he looks like as Genie on Instagram…

Starring alongside Will Smith will be Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, and Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin. As we can see from the trailer above, the film won’t be too different from the original Disney animation; Abu the monkey is still on Aladdin’s shoulder, the costumes look beautiful, and there is magic and mayhem galore!

The movie is released on May 24th 2019.

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