While the recently released teaser for Aladdin (2019) gave us a good look at the Cave of Wonders and Aladdin (Mena Massoud) himself, there wasn’t much to see of the other characters, particularly the Genie. Well today we have received our first look at most of the main cast, as Entertainment Weekly has released their first looks at Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), Abu, and of course, the Genie (Will Smith).
The most striking thing about the pictures of Will Smith at the Genie is that he isn’t blue! In fact, his costume looks extremely similar to what the Genie wears in the Broadway version of Aladdin. However, director Guy Ritchie wishes it to be known that we will see the iconic blue-skinned Genie; the only reason we don’t see that version now is the CGI isn’t ready yet. Opinions on Will Smith’s Genie are decidedly mixed, which is understandable given the late Robin Williams’ iconic portrayal of the Genie in the original film. On a positive note, Marwan Kenzari looks amazing as Jafar and Naomi Scott looks beautiful as Princess Jasmine.
Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and is due to be released on May 24th, 2019.