Disney released the first footage from its live-action Aladdin re-imagining during Thursday Night Football, dropping a brief teaser trailer previewing the magical world of Agrabah.
The first-look footage offered fans a peek at Mena Massoud as the titular street rat-turned-prince, but fans will have to wait longer to catch a glimpse at Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as the villainous and scheming Jafar, and Will Smith as Aladdin’s magical benefactor Genie.
The Guy Ritchie-directed re-imagining of the 1992 animated classic that starred Robin Williams is the latest live-action reboot out of the studio following new spins on Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo.
Alan Menken, who composed the iconic songs for the animated version with Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, returns to give the live-action musical an updated spin on the original songs as he did with last year’s Beauty and the Beast. Menken also crafted new songs for the film with La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote a new song for Jasmine and a duet she shares with Aladdin.
Navid Negahban, who plays Jasmine’s father, the Sultan, previously told Metro Ritchie maintained both his signature style and a faithfulness to the animated film when translating Aladdin to live-action.
“Guy is very sensitive. He was trying very hard to stay truthful and respectful to the culture and figuring out the best way to present the character and all the monsters,” Negahban said.
“It’s going to be a fun movie. I think it stays truthful to the storyline, but at the same time, you will see nuances of the characters that wasn’t captured in the animation film. You will see depth in the characters instead of just being entertained by the story.”
He added of the Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur director: “You will feel his signature. You will see his signature on the film. It will be a different shade of him.”
Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar, David Negahban, and Nasim Pedrad, Aladdin releases May 24.
I was expecting more from that #Aladdin preview.
But, maybe it’s just me? pic.twitter.com/uXxaTAlbI2— ? February Foles (@thatnoxiousCALI) October 12, 2018
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I NEED MORE pic.twitter.com/1oI1RK81qR— memi #elenão (@marividal_) October 12, 2018
And now to Anakin for his reaction to the Aladdin trailer pic.twitter.com/mQQVKvR0Om— Mediocre Force Ghost - hero for hire! (@MediocreJedi) October 12, 2018
I FELT LIKE A KID ALL OVER AGAIN WATCHING THAT ALADDIN TRAILER pic.twitter.com/BiREvZG8UQ— K A T H E R I N E (@KayDotVega_) October 12, 2018
ALADDIN LOOKS SO PERFECT I AM GOING TO PASS OUT pic.twitter.com/QWUZQmAA0L— Nat (@nataliewuest) October 12, 2018
me watching the new Aladdin trailer:
ARABIAN NIIIIIIIGHTS— shawn ? (@shawnfengali) October 12, 2018
LIKE ARABIAN DAAAAAAYS pic.twitter.com/TPe9aJsx4j
we got an aladdin trailer but no naomi scott as jasmine visuals... i won but at what cost pic.twitter.com/ZYU9xfaw2V— aya in crisis ⚰️?? (@uprisingenvoys) October 12, 2018
we are actually getting a live action aladdin and the lion king along with toy story 4 in 2019 somebody pinch me pic.twitter.com/rIurGZAdLL— ʟᴏɢᴀɴ (@rapgodwoman) October 12, 2018
My grown ass in the theater when Aladdin drops pic.twitter.com/OTTFQNcK29— Trevor Lawrence/Chase Brice SZN! (@Jsullhart) October 12, 2018