Five things we learned from the Aladdin trailer


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Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith star as Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie respectively.

1. Will Smith In the Flesh

After the release of a special look on February 10, 2019, Aladdin fans responded negatively to Will Smith’s CGI genie. However, the new trailer released on March 12, 2019, revealed that Will Smith will not appear in CGI for the entirety of his role. This assured fans the brilliance of Will Smith will not be shrouded in motion capture technology.

2. Aladdin Isn’t the Only ‘Fresh Prince’

Not only will Aladdin and Jasmine have their own songs and dances, but Will Smith will also have the chance to show off his musical talents, bringing back nostalgia for fans of his R&B and rapping days.  

3. Stick to the Status Quo

The live action remake is paying close attention to the original through set design, character development, wardrobe, and plot. From the architecture of the streets of Agrabah and the ballrooms in the palace to the costume design, the resemblance to the cartoon depiction is uncanny.

4. Scott Conquers ‘A Whole New World’

Jasmine actress Naomi Scott’s singing talent was on full display as she launched into the chorus of Aladdin’s iconic “A Whole New World.” Scott has released two EPs, one in 2014 and the second in 2016, but has never sung for a major motion picture before.

5. Disney Is Not Monkeying Around

Abu and Rajah, Aladdin’s pet monkey and Jasmine’s tiger respectively, though based on real life animals will remain CGI in the film. Jasmine relied on Rajah as a confidant of sorts in the original, but will gain a handmaiden called Mara who can respond back to her as another companion in the live-action remake.

View the full trailer here.