Ever since news broke that Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur director Guy Ritchie would helm a live-action remake of the Disney classic film, Aladdin, fans have patiently waited for the first glimpse of a teaser or photo of the movie. Finally, Disney is primed to grant the fans' wish by releasing the first trailer for the film on Thursday.
Of course, Will Smith tantalized fans on Wednesday with the first official poster for Aladdin, featuring the bottle that houses his blue-skinned, wise-cracking Genie. As great as the poster was, it still didn't offer a peek at the live-action cast. The release of the poster looks to have been a precursor to the trailer's debut on Thursday, but the only question is what time of the day will Disney let the genie out of the bottle?
The answer to that question comes from a post to the official Twitter account for the FOX broadcasting company promoting Thursday night's NFL matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles, the defending Super Bowl champions, and the New York Giants. The post promises fans that they can find the first look at Aladdin during the Thursday Night Football matchup.
The defending champion Eagles take on the NFC East rival Giants, tonight. During the game, don’t miss a first look at Disney’s new movie, @DisneyAladdin. #Aladdin (Sponsored by Disney) pic.twitter.com/hqG3BHdj96— FOX (@FOXTV) October 11, 2018
"During the game, don’t miss a first look at Disney’s new movie, @DisneyAladdin. #Aladdin," the post said. With this information, we're left to theorize what time fans can expect the trailer to drop. Disney and FOX will want to draw in as many non-football viewers as possible, so that eliminates release times early on in the game, which kicks off after 8 pm ET. The best bet would be once halftime arrives; this option would keep eyes peeled to the network instead of channel surfing during the break in football action.
A trailer, whether just a teaser or a full-length look, should reveal the live-action cast, which includes Mena Massoud in the titular role, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith's Genie. Though producer Dan Lin promised the film wouldn't "whitewash" the cast in February 2017, Disney was forced to respond to accusations in January of this year that it darkened the skins of white actors.
“Great care was taken to put together one of the largest most diverse casts ever seen on screen,” Disney said in a statement. “Diversity of our cast and background performers was a requirement and only in a handful of instances when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control (special effects rigs, stunt performers and handling of animals) were crew made up to blend in.”
Aladdin will follow an incredibly successful stint of Disney live-action remakes that includes Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and more. Richie confirmed the film will be a musical, sticking to the musical roots of the original animated classic released in 1992. So with that in mind, there is always a possibility the first trailer will include an updated take on iconic songs like "A Whole New World" and "Prince Ali."
Directed by Guy Ritche, Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie. The film is set to be released in May 2019.