Disney‘s “Aladdin” live-action remake arrives on the big screen next year, and today Will Smith revealed the first poster for the upcoming movie.
Smith voices Genie, the comical blue Jinn who grants three wishes to whoever possesses his magical lamp. As fans of the 1992 animated movie know, Aladdin frees Genie from the lamp and uses his first wish to become Prince Ali Ababwa, a worthy suitor for Princess Jasmine. As Aladdin and Jasmine fall in love, they must also face the evil Jafar, who plans to become Sultan by marrying Jasmine.
The live-action movie also stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, and Navid Negahban as the Sultan. The film adds two new characters not previously seen in the animated version: Dalia (Nasim Pedrad), Princess Jasmine’s loyal handmaiden and confidante, and Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen), one of Jasmine’s suitors.
For the animated version, the voice cast included Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Cummings, and more. Brad Kane provided Aladdin’s singing voice, while Lea Salonga sang for Jasmine.
The new film is directed by Guy Ritchie with a screenplay by Ritchie, John August, and Vanessa Taylor. Music is by Alan Menken, who also created music for the original animated movie with Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. In addition to classic songs from the first film, the live-action movie features new songs co-written by Menken and Pasek & Paul.