Disney releases the full Aladdin movie trailer, offering a new look at the live-action retelling directed by Guy Ritchie. Aladdin is the second of Disney's live-action adaptations from their animated classics library to hit theaters this year. The first will be Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, which debuts later this month. Then, the street rat will return to theaters - this time in live-action - in May, before Jon Favreau's The Lion King follows two months later in July. It's no surprise that Disney has so many live-action retellings on its 2019 slate considering the success of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book in recent years.
However, it's unclear whether Aladdin will be as successful as past live-action retellings of classic Disney animated films. The film has been accused of whitewashing characters and reportedly "browned up" background actors to fit the movie's setting. In addition to those controversies, the Aladdin trailers have been met with tempered reactions, and the first Aladdin TV spot that revealed Will Smith's blue Genie was downright ridiculed on social media. The reactions to Smith's Genie in Aladdin may have been hilarious, but may portend a movie that fails to live up to the studio's expectations. Now, though, Disney has released a new teaser for Aladdin that offers an even better look at the film.
This morning, Disney debuted the full Aladdin trailer, likely so the teaser can play in theaters ahead of Dumbo later this month. Further, Disney unveiled the official poster for Aladdin, featuring the main cast of the movie. Watch the trailer and see the poster below.
Based on this latest Aladdin trailer, it's clear Disney and Ritchie are sticking fairly close to the 1992 animated movie. It seems to follow much the same plot, with Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) tricking Aladdin (Mena Massoud) into going into the Cave of Wonders for the lamp, then getting the Genie to himself. With the powers of the Genie, Aladdin makes himself into a prince so he can get the attention of Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). There's plenty of opulence and color in the trailer, not to mention Ritchie putting his action directing chops to use with the opening sequence that adapts the "One Jump Ahead" number from the animated film. Further, most of the beloved musical numbers for 1992's Aladdin are teased in this trailer, from "Friend Like Me" to "A Whole New World."
Of course, whether this live-action Aladdin will be able to live up to the 1992 animated film remains to be seen. Disney's animated Aladdin was released amid the Disney Renaissance of the lates 80s and 90s, and as a result, has plenty of devoted fans. Disney will need to win over these diehards along with new fans young and old in order to be a success. Fans will find out soon enough with Aladdin just a few months away from releasing. Until then, they can continue to watch the new Aladdin trailer and parse it for clues about just how close this adaptation will stick to the animated original.
- Aladdin (2019) release date: May 24, 2019