Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2018

‘Aladdin’ teased at CinemaCon: Will Smith not trying to replace Robin Williams, footage detailed

Disney shared from footage from their upcoming  Aladdin live-action adaption with a behind the scenes look.

Will Smith taking over the role of the iconic Genie and Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff described Smith’s performance as “a little bit Fresh Prince, a little bit Hitch, and a whole lot of attitude.”

“No one can replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams nor would we want them to.”

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Smith stars with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and none of the footage was CGI…he’s not blue, but does have the Genie gotee and ponytail, appearing at one point in drag.

“I love coming to work every day,” Smith said during his pre-recorded brief sneak peek of the film. “Disney knows how to do it.”

Director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) is leaning into the action sequences.

“He’s able to make it hot,” said Smith in the interview.

Fans may be excited to learn that the film is very colorful, teased with a lot of action and a big musical sequence. It kind of has a Bollywood feel about the dance number.

In the Aladdin sequence, Massoud can be seen atop walls and bouncing dramatically, slow motion-style, off window canopies. Scott teased some new songs as well in clip as there were shots of the actress singing, but no audio was heard.

This new film will feature songs by Alan Menken and La La Land/The Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The film also stars Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar.

Aladdin arrives in theaters on May 24, 2019.


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