First Pictures Of Will Smith As The Genie In 'Aladdin' Released

Ahead of the release of the live action version of Disney's Aladdin, we have now got our first look at Will Smith in the iconic role of the Genie, originally played by the late, great, Robin Williams.

The picture appears on the front cover of an Entertainment Weekly magazine that is to be released on Boxing Day

The first thing that any observant folk will have noticed is that Will Smith's Genie isn't going to be blue, nor is he going to be absolutely massive. Let's not forget that this is a live action remake of an animated film, after all.

The film, which is scheduled to be released on 24 May next year, is directed by Guy Ritchie - bit of a departure from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch, don't you think? - and stars Mena Massoud as the titular character, the 'street rat' Aladdin.

Alongside Smith and Massoud, Naomi Scott will play the role of Princess Jasmine.

This film will arrive on the silver screen among a slew of recent remakes that Disney is undertaking. Alongside last year's Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, a live action of Disney classic The Lion King will hit the big screen next July.

Will Smith is possibly the guy with the hardest job of all in all of these upcoming remakes. Of all of Disney's many memorable character, few have captured the imagination or stolen the show like Robin Williams' original portrayal of the Genie back in 1992.

Speaking about the role, and the shadow of Williams - who died in 2014 - looming over him, Smith told Entertainment Tonight: "I was terrified doing the Genie after Robin Williams.

"But I found a lane that pays homage. It is my own thing, you know? So, I think people are going to love it.

Speaking about the fun he had filming, he continued: "It's one of the greatest filmmaking experiences that I have ever had.

"I have worked at most of the studios, and Disney just knows what they are doing.

"It was really a spectacular team of people that came together around a classic story. It's so spectacular, it's such a beautiful movie and I can't wait for people to see it."

The original 'Aladdin' film. Credit: Disney
The original 'Aladdin' film. Credit: Disney

After the success of the Beauty and the Beast remake, you could be forgiven for thinking that the next two will be surefire hits.

That said, it's more important that they don't destroy the legacy left by the original animated classics.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Disney

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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