Disney has released four new character posters for this year’s live-action Aladdin, offering a closer peek at the whole new world of Guy Ritchie’s Agrabah. The posters feature Genie’s human form in addition to the cast’s animal companions. Abu, Rajah and Iago have been digitally rendered in CGI.
Ritchie’s retelling of 1992’s Aladdin will feature the same plot as the original film (with some slight variations) and the same musical soundtrack, this time sang by Ritchie’s live-action cast. Alan Menken, who scored and wrote the songs for the original Aladdin, is working with The Greatest Showman’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for the live-action version. Similar to Bill Condon’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, an entirely new track was written as a solo for one of the main characters. Power Rangers’ Naomi Scott will sing “Speechless” as part of her big-screen portrayal of Princess Jasmine.
Disney’s Aladdin is loosely based on the Arabic folktale of the same name. “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” is among the many stories included in One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern tales published sometime between the 8th and 15th centuries during Islam’s Golden Age.
The film’s character designs for Aladdin, Genie, Princess Jasmine and Jafar have received mixed reactions from fans of the original animated adaptation. Will Smith’s Genie was almost universally panned after his debut, the criticism mostly pointed at the inconsistency of his skin color and the low-grade quality of the visual effects, which were implied to have been unfinished around the time the teaser was released. The full-length trailer for the film, however, reveals that the blue aesthetic is reserved mostly for Genie’s mammoth “genie” form.
Directed by Sherlock Holmes’ Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as the Sultan of Agrabah, Billy Magnussen as new character Prince Anders, and Frank Welker and Alan Tudyk as the voices of Abu and Iago, respectively. The film opens in theaters on May 24.