[Opinion] Will Smith’s “Aladdin”


The live action version of Disney’s “Aladdin” hits theaters in late May. Award-winning star Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott promise to bring the iconic Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine to life. There are also a host of other actors rounding out the classic main cast with a few new characters sprinkled in.

Like so many fans of the animated version, it will be bittersweet to see a new person take on Robin Williams’ Genie role. He will always be the first Genie. However, I’m actually looking forward to Will Smith introducing an all new mythical being to the next generation. Will has done an incredible job in the variety of roles he has taken over his 30+ year entertainment career. Even if Disney doesn’t add the blue aura to his Genie, I’m completely fine with that.

I’m not familiar with Mena Massoud or Naomi Scott, but if Disney cast them… they must fit the animated roles flawlessly. According to IMDB, Naomi is a Disney alum through her part in the 2011 DCOM “Lemonade Mouth”. “Aladdin” seems to be a homecoming for her. Their Disney character clothes are a definite upgrade from the cartoon’s revealing attire. In reality, they would need to protect their skin from the scorching desert sun.

Since 1992, I have been a diehard “Aladdin” fan, and I’m beyond excited for this new film. So far, I’ve seen the original film, “The Return of Jafar”, “Aladdin and The King of Thieves”, and I can’t wait to add this one to the list!

Photo Credit: Disney


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