Disney’s catalogue of classic fairytale properties is proving to be highly lucrative business for the studio, as the company continues to give them the live-action remake treatment. A new version Aladdin is set to hit theaters in May, and now the first images have been released.
The pictures come via Entertainment Weekly. They show the three main stars–Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan), as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, and Will Smith, who plays the Genie. Check them out below:
Aladdin also stars Marwan Kenzari (The Mummy) as Jafar, Navid Negahban (American Sniper) as The Sultan, Billy Magnussen (Game Night, The Big Short) as Prince Anders. It’s directed by Guy Richie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) and is set to be released on May 24, 2019.
In an interview with EW, Smith talked about taking on the role of the Genie, which was famously played by Robin Williams in the classic 1992 animated movie. “Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” he said. “The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.
“[But] I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
Aladdin is just one of several classic fairy tale remakes that Disney has on the way. In March, Tim Burton’s reimagining of Dumbo hits theaters, while a new version of The Lion King arrives in July. Beyond that, the remake of Mulan is scheduled for 2020, plus movies based on Cruella De Ville (101 Dalmations) and Tinker Bell (Peter Pan) are reportedly also in development.