Something I’ve discussed on The Revengers Podcast lately is how disinterested I am in all of these live-action remakes Disney is cranking out. All except for one, which is why I’m happy to be covering this update myself. Yep, folks, I love me some Aladdin. Always have. It’s the one Disney remake I’m actually dying to see, and now I’ve got some cool images to share with you.
Entertainment Weekly, i.e. my favorite magazine, which I’ve been a subscriber to for 17 years, has just unleashed some First Look images from Disney’s Aladdin.
Check them out here, and get your first look at Will Smith as The Genie, as well as our first glimpse of Marwan Kenzari as the nefarious Jafar:
You can see these images, and a bunch more, at EW.com!
Overall, the casting and looks I’m seeing here look pretty great to me. The biggest departure here is probably Smith as The Genie, since he’s not a big, shirtless blue guy. He looks like Will Smith in traditional Arabian garb, with hair and facial hair similar to the animated version.
I know it probably looks weird to some, since this isn’t how we’re used to seeing Smith or how we picture The Genie after Robin Williams’ immortal performance in the 1992 version, but I see potential here. Smith is a gifted comedic performer in his own right, so I’m glad they’re not covering him in makeup or paint. His naturally emotive features are out on full display, which means he could have some fun putting his own spin on the iconic charaxcter.
Also, I’d be shocked if there isn’t some digital magic used to make him into the shape-shifter the animated version was known to be. So the look we see in these pics is likely to just be one of the ways he appears in the final film.
Everyone else looks pretty great, especially Abu.
Aladdin is set to arrive in theaters on May 24. It’s directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), and aside from Smith and Kenzari, it stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and SNL alum Nasim Pedrad- in a role created specifically for the remake.
What do you think of this first look?
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