Fans will have to wait until next May to truly see what Ritchie has in store for the remake. (Hence, the "diamond in the rough" line in the teaser.) The location ends up being where Aladdin finds the Genie's lamp, something that is set up by the teaser's final moment. As Aladdin and Jasmine fall in love, they must also face the evil Jafar, who plans to become Sultan by marrying Jasmine. Much singing follows, and Gilbert Gottfried voices a parrot.
While others were concerned that Smith was trying to replace Williams and his work in the 1992 animated film.
The live-action Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, also stars Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. Original composer Alan Menken is teaming up with Oscar-winning "La La Land" songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to add two new songs to the movie.
From the looks of the first trailer, released Thursday evening, the film doesn't seem shy about borrowing familiar elements from its predecessor. Tim Burton's Dumbo and Jon Favreau's The Lion Kingset to hit theaters in 2019, and Maleficent 2 will arrive in 2020. A Lilo and Stitch live-action remake was just announced as well.