Disney releases official trailer for live-action ‘Aladdin’ and it’s so good

Brenda Watkins
March 12, 2019

Not only does the former Fresh Prince get more screen time in this two-and-a-half minute spot, he also shows off his song-and-dance moves in a snippet of the Genie's signature number, "Friend Like Me", previously performed onscreen by the dearly departed Robin Williams.

You'll recall when the half-human/half-CGI character - basically just Smith's dad bod painted blue - was revealed in a trailer in February, the reaction ranged from perplexed to horrified, all of it bad. The new trailer can do little to offset the weirdness, but it does give us a peek at the banter between Smith and Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan), who plays the titular thief.

Disney has released the full trailer for its upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, and it offers our first look at Will Smith as Genie.

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The first official trailer of Disney's live action Aladdin is out. Longtime Disney fans have the scene memorized: It starts with Aladdin, already aboard his flying magic carpet, extending his hand down to Jasmine's, asking her, "Are you ready?" It may seem like a small nitpick, but it points to what could be fundamental flaws in Disney's conception of this new Aladdin.

The new Aladdin trailer opens with, well, Aladdin (Massoud) evading a pursuit through the streets of Agrabah, the fictional Middle Eastern setting for the film, before there's a meet-cute of sorts with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott, from Power Rangers). "I don't think people will be anxious about Genie after this!" one wrote. Now we've got a bit more to go on - more context to his character, wit and wish-granting skillz.

A rather note-worthy moment in the trailer was Will Smith's appearance.

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