Needless to say, the Genie became a meme upon arrival, swarming the Internet like the sizzling magma within the Cave of Wonders. It also featured looks at Jasmine and more scenes featuring Aladdin and Agrabah. And now we've got our first look at that version of the character, courtesy of the new trailer.
"The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it's essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it's a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on", Ritchie told Entertainment Weekly. Mena Massoud stars as the street-rat-with-a-heart-of-gold Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as the handsome and determined Princess Jasmine.More news: Bissonnette judge's 'unusual' sentencing decision likely to be appealed
Aladdin is being directed by Guy Ritchie, and features Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and, obviously, Smith as Genie. I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world.
Well, they hadn't seen Smith as a blue Genie until a Sunday night Grammys commercial... and the internet is going bonkers. "There hasn't been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history", Smith added.More news: What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras
Viewers are then given their first full sighting of the character in CGI form, with Will Smith asking Aladdin: "You really don't know who I am?"
"Aladdin" hits theatres on May 24.More news: 2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend, according to NASA, NOAA