A live-action remake of yet another Disney classic is coming to the cinemas. And yes, it promises to once again bring its viewers to a whole new world.
On Tuesday, March 12, Walt Disney Pictures released the full and official trailer of the live-action remake of the 1992 animated film classic, Aladdin. The trailer, getting mixed reactions from the fans of the 90’s classic, features familiar scenes from the original film, such as the marketplace chase, Prince Ali’s grand musical entrance, and of course, the lead characters’ iconic duet of the Oscar-winning song, A Whole New World.
To add to the hype and excitement for this upcoming live-action film, My Pope takes a quick look back at what the original story of Aladdin is all about. Read on to learn more!
Set in a fictional Arabian city called “Agrabah,” Aladdin tells the tale of a young street orphan, named–you guessed it right– Aladdin, who falls in love with a woman whom he believes is very much out of his league.
The woman, Jasmine, is the princess of Agrabah. And Aladdin, having lived on the streets of Agrabah his entire life, believes that there is no way for him to win Jasmine’s heart–unless he miraculously becomes the wealthiest and most powerful man in the kingdom.
But as we know it, miracles are not impossible–especially in the world of Disney!
One fateful day, Aladdin encounters a magical lamp which he later discovers contains a powerful genie that can grant anyone’s wishes. Determined to win Jasmine’s heart, Aladdin seeks the help of the genie, telling the magical being his wish to become a rich prince who can wow the whole kingdom of Agrabah. His wish is granted, and through a series of ups and downs, Aladdin learns the real meaning of “true love” and “wealth,” realizing that both are not something that can be manipulated–even by the most powerful genie.
While there are no details yet as to whether the live-action remake plans to stick to the exact plot of the original film, we can nevertheless expect some upgrades. According to reports, new songs will be included in the remake, one of which will be Jasmine-centric. Now isn’t that worth looking forward to?
Aladdin lands in theaters on May 24. The movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as Genie, Navid Negahban as the Sultan (Jasmine’s father), Frank Welker as the voice Abu (Aladdin’s pet monkey), and Marwen Kenzari as the villain, Jafar. As an added bonus, those who were young kids when Aladdin was first released in 1992 might enjoy reminiscing and bonding with their own kids as they watch the new release.
Watch the full trailer below:
P.S. Check out this clip from the original Aladdin animated film—our very own Lea Salonga sings “A Whole New World” as Princess Jasmine!