Disney has released a special look at the upcoming live-action adaptation of their animated classic, Aladdin, giving us our first look at Will Smith’s giant blue Genie in action for the first time. While the CG is still a little rough, it’s clear there’s much more work to be done. It looks like Disney’s Aladdin is going to be cutting it close come release day when all is said and done.
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”
Entertainment Weekly has given us our first look at new images from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin, from director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes). The images give us our first looks at Aladdin (Mena Massoud), Jasmine (Naomi Scott), and we finally get a glimpse of the Genie played by Will Smith. Smith certainly has the biggest shoes to fill, and he had this to say about the character:
“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying. The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character. I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history. I like the fact that our Genie has an ego and is a little bit vain and he cares about how he’s presented because he’s been doing this for a very long time.”
You can hit the jump to check out the first official photos from the film, and see it when Aladdin hits theaters on May 24th, 2019.
UPDATE: Additional images have been released! Check them out after the jump.
We have now learned, thanks to Brazil Comic-Con taking place this weekend, that the upcoming Men in Black “requel” releasing next summer is officially titled Men in Black International. The movie will see Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson’s Agents H and M travel the globe to deal with all manner of extraterrestrial threats. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to reprise the roles that helped make the franchise famous in the first three films.
Also starring Emma Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Najiani, and Rafe Spall, Men in Black International is set to hit theaters on June 14th, 2019.
Netflix has debuted the latest red-band trailer for the upcoming Fantasy Cop Drama film, Bright, by director David Ayer, and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The film is set to premiere on Netflix on December 22nd, marking the streaming service’s first legitimate attempt at threatening the Holiday box office.
The newest trailer looks fantastic, and Netflix has clearly put a lot of care and effort into making a beautiful film. Let’s hope it can live up to that hype.
Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is developing a Men in Black spinoff based on a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight). The article states that the story of the new film will focus more on the Men in Black organization as a whole, on its global scale, rather than just a single branch in New York.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be reprising their starring roles, though cameos are not off the table. The new film will instead focus on a new team of MIB, and is being fast-tracked for a May 2019 release.
Warner Bros. has announced that, after a long and grueling search for David Ayer’s replacement, a director for Suicide Squad 2 has been found. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) has been tapped to write and direct the film, with its entire cast returning.
This is actually a pretty great choice. O’Connor is a safe director, with a good eye for action and emotion. His Suicide Squad will be much more well-rounded than its predecessor was, and should genuinely be an overall much better film. We’ll just have to see it all ends up.
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Netflix has released the first full trailer for their entry-level blockbuster, Bright. Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film takes place in an alternate-world where fairies, orcs, and elves live among humans in a modern, familiar society. Smith plays a beat cop, partnered with an orc for the first time, and while on a routine patrol unearth a magical weapon capable of changing the course of history.
Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch), Bright hits Netflix worldwide on December 22nd.
It’s no secret that Disney has been working on getting a live-action Aladdin film off the ground for quite some time, with casting issues being the prime onus on the film. However, it would seem that Disney has worked out the kinks, with a few rumors coming to fruition in this case.
Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) has been cast as the lead role of Aladdin, with Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) taking the role of Jasmine. The Genie is the surprise here, as Will Smith has been cast in the role of wise-cracking magical being. The film is also said to take inspiration from the animated film, as well as 1,001 Arabian Nights, so it should be a fun adventure film.
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