We ain’t never had a friend like him! Will Smith is already fulfilling his genie duties by giving us a sneak peek at the cast of the new live action version of the Disney classic Aladdin. The 1992 hit film was often a staple in so many childhood homes and is still one of the most popular child films for the newer generations coming up.
Many were delighted to hear of the live action version of the movie, which was reported a few months ago. With the influx of successful live action iterations of classics doing do well at the box office, it seemed that an Aladdin remake was next in line.
While the casting for the Aladdin, Jasmine and Jafar are relative newcomers, the most recognizable of the cast is the boisterous and highly successful Will Smith. Smith took to social media on Wednesday to post this picture of the cast as an introduction to Hollywood and potential fame.
“We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family… Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here getting my Genie on. Here we go!” was the excited caption that accompanied the cast selfie.
Smith is playing the ever friendly, hilarious character Genie, made famous and ceaselessly endearing by the late great actor Robin Williams. Despite how capable and seasoned Smith is, even his most vocal supporters admit those are huge shoes to fill.
Interestingly enough, despite using the original film as a blueprint, there will be some added twists and will even feature some new characters. A love revival for Aladdin, Prince Anders has been cast, so has a friend of Jasmine’s who also doubles as her handmaiden.
Some rumblings of new characters are being met with criticism, especially considering the new prince is actually white.
Some are wondering why a story told in a foreign country, one almost exclusively with people of color, has to now have at least one white person represented.
Some think it’s unnecessary and peddles to audiences who should already know the origin story for Aladdin.