This whole live-action Aladdin situation has been a rollercoaster ride, and the movie isn’t even out yet.
First we heard it was a thing – yay!
Then we heard Will Smith would be the Genie, one who’s “a little Fresh Prince, a little Hitch, and a whole lot of attitude”, according to Disney.
Then we saw pictures, and it was… fine? At least Jafar is hot?
Then we saw footage of Blue CGI Genie Will Smith. And oh no.
Now, certain critics and journalists lucky enough to be at CinemaCon in Las Vegas have copped some new and exclusive footage of Disney’s upcoming 2019 titles, including the sequence where Genie sings ‘Friend Like Me’.
Well – sings, raps, and beatboxes, apparently.
Reviews are… mixed.
Much better reviewed was the footage from The Lion King, which was the recreated “everything the light touches” scene.
Also, just a reminder that Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie. So perhaps there’s a subplot where our fave street rat has to help Jafar fix an underground tiger-fighting match?
We’ll just have to wait and see.