New Aladdin Trailer Puts Will Smith's Genie on Full Display


Disney's Aladdin is set to hit theaters on May 24th.

Early marketing images for the film were heavily scrutinised on social media and criticised for the fact Will Smith's magical wish-granter was not blue. This trailer is only a sliver of the adventures you'll see this May. Canadian actor Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

The two minute and 15 second trailer is a follow-up to the short, one minute snippet which dropped in early February at the Grammy Awards.

What's interesting about Aladdin is that, unlike past Disney remakes like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast (and upcoming ones like Dumbo and The Lion King), it traded very heavily in the pop culture of the time.

A glimpse of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine riding a magic carpet and singing "A Whole New World", more of Will Smith's "Genie" -both in CGI and human form- and a look at the villainous Ja'far. The new trailer offers fans of the original animated film loads of nostalgic nods, heaps of colourful action, and even a Bollywood style song-and-dance number. The trailer was released Tuesday during Good Morning America. "Chills", one fan wrote in the comments of the trailer on YouTube.

In the promo, we see how Jafar convinces Aladdin to go inside the cave to fetch the lamp.

As was the case for the previous Aladdin clips Disney has shared, social media was transfixed by Smith's genie character, with numerous reactions seeming more positive this time around, with Twitter user @UPTOTASK describing Smith as "basically playing his character in Hitch but this time with powers".

Guy Ritchie, renowned for such films as "Snatch" and "Sherlock Holmes", is helming.

Aladdin opens on May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the United States and UK.

Look, we know that this movie is going to be Something Else, but that 8-year-old girl from 1992 could give a sh*t.

"You've stumbled upon an opportunity", evil hottie Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) says to Aladdin.