The Walt Disney Studios has debuted new Aladdin photos today (via EW) that give us a first look at Will Smith‘s Genie. However, it is interesting that the article states that “the final version of Will Smith’s Genie in his blue floating lamp form isn’t quite finished… but Ritchie gives EW a tease of what he’ll look like.”
“I wanted a muscular 1970s dad,” the director told the magazine. “He was big enough to feel like a force — not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room.” It’s a little unclear, even from the article, what the Genie’s final form will take.
UPDATE: Will Smith has assured fans that the Genie will be CGI most of the movie: “And yes, I’m gonna be BLUE! ? This is how the Genie is in Human / Disguise Form. My character will be CGI most of the movie.”
You can view the Aladdin photos in the gallery below.
Opening in theaters on May 24, 2019, Aladdin also stars Mena Massoud (Amazon’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar, an evil sorcerer who devises a nefarious plot to unseat the Sultan and rule Agrabah himself; Navid Negahban (Homeland) as the Sultan, the ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a proper husband for his daughter, Jasmine; Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar (Homeland) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.
Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) from a screenplay by John August (Dark Shadows, Big Fish) based on the 1992 animated film Aladdin and stories from One Thousand and One Nights. The producer is Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie) with Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (La La Land), Jonathan Eirich (Deathnote) and Kevin De La Noy (The Dark Knight Rises) serving as executive producers.
Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors) and Tim Rice (The Lion King) as well as two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen).