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Disney unleashed a surprise in the middle of Sunday’s Grammy Awards: a TV spot for its upcoming live-action remake of “Aladdin” with the first full look at Will Smith’s genie.
“You really don’t know who I am?” Smith’s very blue genie tells Mena Massoud’s Aladdin at the end of the one-minute clip in a role first voiced by Robin Williams in the studio’s 1992 animated hit. “Genies, wishes, lamp — none of that ringing a bell?”
The new live-action “Aladdin” stars Massoud as a charming street rat who meets the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and a fast-talking Genie who may be the key to their future.
Guy Ritchie directs from a script by John August and Ritchie.
The film also stars 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 “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
The movie hits theaters May 24.
Watch the new footage below.