Mr. Aladdin, Sir, what will your pleasure be…
I’m in the mood to help you, Dude. You ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend…you ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend…you ain’t never. Had a. Friend. Like. MEEEEEE!
That song was stuck in my head non-stop years ago when Disney’s animated version of Aladdin was in theaters, then when it came on VHS (yes, dating myself here), we heard it over and over again. My oldest son, now 28, had a stuffed plush Genie and he would carry it everywhere. Drag, was more like it. He held one of the hands and toted it everywhere, until eventually, one of the arms came off. I’m pretty good at fixing things, but I couldn’t sew it back on and he was devastated. That Genie is now in a memory box but we still have such fond memories of the movie and Robin Williams’ portrayal.
The new live action Aladdin hits theaters on May 24, 2019, and it’s got another amazing cast that is going to live on in our memories. So far, we’ve only got a short teaser trailer but it looks amazing!
ALADDIN stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
Enjoy the trailer, and check out this official movie poster!