“Aladdin” stampeded past “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” Tuesday to steal Disney’s live-action remake spotlight.
Just weeks after a polarizing teaser dropped online, the first full-length trailer for the reboot of the 1992 animated classic was released this morning. In it, the titular street urchin (Mena Massoud) is granted three wishes after grabbing a lamp and rubbing out a big blue Genie (Will Smith).
As the classic tale goes, Aladdin promptly uses his first wish to make like Meghan Markle and become royalty.
But when his young charge gets a little too sassy, Smith’s Genie (relax, he’s not blue for the entire movie) warns not to let his new royal status go to his head: “You look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the outside.”
Sure, action movie helmer Guy Ritchie might seem like an odd choice to direct — but at least you can find familiar comfort in beloved musical numbers such as “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”
Well, except for the fact that it sounds like Will busts out his dusty rapper chops for “Friend Like Me.”
Anyways, co-starring with Smith and Massoud are former Power Ranger Naomi Scott (soon to be one of “Charlies Angels”) as Prince Jasmine, Dutch cinema superstar Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar and Broadway’s blonde heartthrob, Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as Prince Anders.
“Aladdin” hits theaters May 24, smack dab in between Disney’s two other deep dives into the animated archive: Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” and Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” on March 29 and July 19, respectively.