It’s a whole new world in 2019!
Entertainment Weekly released an exclusive first look at some of the cast of Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake, including Will Smith as the Genie!
Audiences got a glimpse at Mena Massoud as Aladdin entering the Cave of Wonders in the teaser trailer that debuted in October, but didn’t get a look at the genie (Will Smith) or Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott).
After weeks of anticipation, the magical trio appears on the front cover of the Dec. 28/Jan. 4 issue of EW, dressed in identical costumes to the character’s looks in the animated classic, but with director Guy Ritchie’s modern spin.
Although we have the utmost faith, these actors have some big shoes to fill – especially Will Smith!
“Whenever you are doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” the 50-year-old actor admitted to EW. “The question is always: Where is the meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character,” he said about the late Robin Williams who provided the voice of the Genie in the 1992 animated film.
However, director Guy Ritchie believes that the role is not exclusive to just one individual.
“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual character is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on,” Guy explained to EW.
The “Independence Day” star ensured audiences that his version of the iconic character will pay homage to the great Robin Williams but will also deliver something that is musically different and unique.
“Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete,” Smith told the publication.
Rest assured, we are in for a magical treat in the new year!
The magical classic is set to hit theaters May 24, 2019.
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