Table of Contents
- Disney’s Aladdin: Check out the new trailer and songs
- First look at Will Smith as Genie in Disney’s new Aladdin trailer
- He is very blue. Like exceptionally blue
- Will Smith’s blue genie is rapping in the official ‘Aladdin’ trailer
- Maleficent 2 Release Date and Trailer
- Maleficent 2 Poster
- Maleficent 2 Trailer
- Maleficent 2 Release Date
- Maleficent 2 Details
Disney’s Aladdin: Check out the new trailer and songs
Disney have released a new trailer for the live-action remake of Aladdin, and it’s certainly got people talking online – mainly about the Genie.
When the previous trailer was released, some people weren’t keen on Will Smith in the role, which was played by Robin Williams in the original film.
But it seems many people are now coming round to the idea, after enjoying his comedy antics in the latest trailer.
We also get a blast of some of the film’s most famous songs and a closer look at the beautiful world of Agrabah.
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The film is being released in UK cinemas on 24 May 2019.
Is the trailer not enough for you? Here’s what we know about the film so far.
Early images of the character have shown the Genie – played by Will Smith – with a natural skin tone, unlike the original cartoon version.
But someone in the Disney offices must be a big fan of the colour blue because the more recent trailers show Smith’s lamp-dwelling character has returned to his former blue glory!
First look at Will Smith as Genie in Disney’s new Aladdin trailer
He is very blue. Like exceptionally blue
Wow lads. Disney have done it. Disney have actually managed to avoid casting a white person as Aladdin in the upcoming live action film of Aladdin, you know, everyone’s favourite cartoon musical based on an Arabic folktale that came flying to us on a magic carpet all way back in 1992. Fair play, hats off to them. You were half expecting Ryan Gosling or some other nonsense, but Mena Massoud, who is Canadian but was born in Egypt, seems like the best we are going to get from them. (Let’s not talk about Naomi Scott playing Princess Jasmine, or the fact they have added in a random white Scandinavian prince as a character for absolutely no reason at all.)
Do you remember Jake Gyllenhaal playing the Prince of Persia? Because I do, ladies and gentleman. I do. At least this isn’t that. It still isn’t good, but it isn’t that.
The other major casting decision comes in the form of Will Smith, who will be filling the almost impossibly large shoes of the late, great Robin Williams as Genie… who is, you know, the big, blue Genie. You can’t really argue with this one because, in fairness, there aren’t many actual genies about. Unlike, say, I don’t know, the roughly 450 million Arabs alive today they could have cast in this film. You know. As the Arabic characters. That would have been cool. That would have been fun.
And let me be perfectly clear from the outset here; it just doesn’t look right. Any of it really. But especially Will Smith as the Genie. That does not look right at all. He looks like someone unsuccessfully cosplaying as a minor Dragon Ball Z villain or your dad dressed up for a Halloween party as Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen. He looks… well, he looks like someone just painted Will Smith blue. I’m not a fan.
Anyway, here’s the first teaser trailer so you can judge for yourself:
The film is directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) for some unknown reason, as this isn’t a film about a Jason Statham cockney in some sort of gambling debt. It’s due to land in cinemas on May 24 in the US, whilst a UK release date has not yet been announced.
Let’s just try and focus on the fact that ‘A Whole New World’ is one of the all-time great Disney bangers. If it isn’t in the film, @GuyRitchie, you’ll have a riot on your hands. That’s the one thing we will not, and cannot, forgive.
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Will Smith’s blue genie is rapping in the official ‘Aladdin’ trailer
“Aladdin” stampeded past “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” Tuesday to steal Disney’s live-action remake spotlight.
Just weeks after a polarizing teaser dropped online, the first full-length trailer for the reboot of the 1992 animated classic was released this morning. In it, the titular street urchin (Mena Massoud) is granted three wishes after grabbing a lamp and rubbing out a big blue Genie (Will Smith).
As the classic tale goes, Aladdin promptly uses his first wish to make like Meghan Markle and become royalty.
But when his young charge gets a little too sassy, Smith’s Genie (relax, he’s not blue for the entire movie) warns not to let his new royal status go to his head: “You look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the outside.”
Sure, action movie helmer Guy Ritchie might seem like an odd choice to direct — but at least you can find familiar comfort in beloved musical numbers such as “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”
Well, except for the fact that it sounds like Will busts out his dusty rapper chops for “Friend Like Me.”
Anyways, co-starring with Smith and Massoud are former Power Ranger Naomi Scott (soon to be one of “Charlie’s Angels”) as Prince Jasmine, Dutch cinema superstar Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar and Broadway’s blond heartthrob, Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as Prince Anders.
“Aladdin” hits theaters May 24, smack dab in between Disney’s two other deep dives into the animated archive: Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” and Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” on March 29 and July 19, respectively.
The first trailer for the live action remake of Aladdin aired during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and for the most part looked great. We loved the first one minute and five seconds of the trailer…but it was the last five seconds that we’re not totally sold on just yet.
There’s the ominous opening with Jafar, played by Marwan Kenzari, who we can already see is the bad guy that gives us good feelings. He of course enlists poor orphan Aladdin to do his dangerous bidding.
There’s the brave and noble Aladdin, played by Canadian (whoop whoop!) Mena Massoud and his trusty sidekick Abu, who both know shit is about to go down in that cave.
We see the beautiful fictional Arabian city of Agrabah.
And the even more beautiful Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott.
The Guy Ritchie-directed film has some incredible special effects.
But not all the CGI is getting rave reviews. What. Happened. To. Will. Smith. Question. Mark. Exclamation. Mark.
It’s kinda weird, right? Like, we don’t think there’s a natural way to turn a human man into a blue genie and not make it look weird, but this is a lot. If we only had one wish it would be to abandon the Disney precedent set by the animated Robin Williams and just make Will Smith look like a normal, not-blue Hulk.
No surprise, people have some feelings about Will Smith’s blue makeover and they’re not great. Issa look. Issa vibe. Issa bad idea.
the new aladdin film with will smith looks great! pic.twitter.com/lSRxDlyIrA
— Rebel Scum Finn (@realtraitorfinn) February 11, 2019
The Aladdin teaser trailer looks absolutely fine pic.twitter.com/LKItc0xR6n
— Nibel (@Nibellion) February 11, 2019
The CGI for the new #Aladdin ain’t THAT bad… pic.twitter.com/0pHm3GelKg
— Dana Bane (@Ocucuco) February 11, 2019
Woke up to this#Aladdin pic.twitter.com/fzucx77p3U
— Ren Geekness Α&Ω (@RenGeekness) February 11, 2019
Disney took Shrek the Musical and made it into #Aladdin.
Change my mind. pic.twitter.com/L6xJEm5b5G
— Callum (@callumlwale) February 11, 2019
i’ll never sleep again and it’s all will smith’s fault #aladdin pic.twitter.com/wUL79ZchIG
— Q U I N N (@QuinnKeaney) February 11, 2019
— Plop Culture (@PlopCultureUK) February 11, 2019
Spot the difference. #Aladdin #Aladdin2019 pic.twitter.com/qIJf9unMQp
— Nathan Eisler (@eisler_nathan) February 11, 2019
i love how the genie looks in the new aladdin movie pic.twitter.com/30gw4Jusof
— Carter Hardin (@CarterHardin) February 11, 2019
To be honest I can’t believe Will Smith got the role of genie in Aladdin over @rickygervais. pic.twitter.com/rrmgj7jMTL
— Fat Pete (@fatpete_86) February 11, 2019
#Aladdin #WillSmith Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 Looking great pic.twitter.com/Tkt89SnjR7
— Photo Negative Mickey (@mickey1_photo) February 11, 2019
Aladdin (2019) pic.twitter.com/2gWg6j4i62
— MeroStation ❁ (@MeroStation) February 11, 2019
Aladdin is the latest children’s film remake to debut its new trailer, with Toy Story 4, Dumbo, and The Lion King all set to premiere this year. The biggest difference so far is that none of the other trailers have terrified viewers. Let’s hope that the rest of the film reels in the CGI.
Aladdin opens in theatres on May 24.
Maleficent 2 Release Date and Trailer
Following the sizeable success of the original, Disney moved ahead with a sequel to its 2014 Sleeping Beauty-inspired film, Maleficent. While the first film, directed by Robert Stromberg, already told the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point-of-view –all while turning said awesome villain into the boring hero of the story–Disney is convinced there is more money… err, story left to find in the property!
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is the official name of the sequel. The film reunites Angelina Jolie with her Princess Aurora, Elle Fanning. This is Jolie’s first sequel since Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, all the way back in 2003. And since she passed on sequels for Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, and Salt, this is kind of a big deal.
Maleficent 2 Poster
Disney unveiled a poster for Maleficent 2 during their D23 Expo and it’s fairly epic.
Maleficent 2 Trailer
The full trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is upon us, seen just below!
Just below is the teaser trailer, which arrived back in May.
Maleficent 2 Release Date
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now scheduled to arrive at theaters on October 18, 2019.
The October release date represents a major shift ahead, with the film previously scheduled for the post-Memorial Day weekend slot of May 29, 2020.
Maleficent 2 Details
Here’s the official synopsis.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.
The original synopsis had this say:
This new fantasy-adventure continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon-to-be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is directed by Joachim Rønning, who is best known for co-directing Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He also co-directed Kon-Tiki. He replaces Robert Stromberg who helmed the first movie. The picture has a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, who in addition to writing the first movie also scripted Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and Alice Through the Looking Glass for the studio. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster also worked on the story. They are joined by producers in star Jolie, Joe Roth and Duncan Henderson, as well as executive producers Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira.
Here%u2019s your first look at Angelina Jolie & Elle Fanning as Maleficent & Aurora on the set of %u201CMaleficent II.%u201D pic.twitter.com/T9tieSHFtD
— Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (@Maleficent) May 29, 2018
The sequel commenced production on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprising their leading roles. It also sees Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville as the fairies Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Diaval. Notably, Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds, Trust) replaces Brenton Thwaites in the role of Prince Phillip. But far more eye-catchingly the film adds to its cast Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones) have also been cast in unspecified roles.
Judith Shekoni will field a supporting role as Shrike, a magical character who “befriends” Maleficent, as per Variety. The British Shekoni is probably best known for her role in Heroes Reborn and for appearing in Twilight Breaking Saga: Breaking Dawn II – Part 2.