Of all the many live-action Disney reboots in the works, Aladdin is one of the ones we’re most intrigued about, because the film is a) one of the best and b) the House of Mouse has made some clever casting decisions.
Not only are the new Aladdin and Jasmine not white, but Will Smith is playing the role of the Genie, portrayed brilliantly by Robin Williams in the first and third movies (and adequately by Homer Simpson in things like Kingdom Hearts).
Now, Smith has shared a first look at the new film by posting the teaser poster on his Instagram, adding that he “Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!”
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LEMME OUT!! 🧞 Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE! 🙂 #aladdin
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The Wild Wild West actor has hinted that his version of the Genie is a “little bit Fresh Prince, a little bit Hitch”, which we’re very much here for.
Despite casting non-white actors for the leads, the film has come under criticism over Jasmine actress Naomi Scott not being of Arabic descent (her mother is Uganda-born Gujarati Indian), a new white character being added and background extras being “browned up” for scenes.
As well as new characters, the live-action reboot is going to add two new songs. Hopefully they will stand alongside ‘One Jump Ahead, ‘Prince Ali’ and ‘A Whole New World’.
Aladdin has wrapped filming and is set for release on May 24, 2019.
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