Disney smartly stuck mostly to visuals for the first teaser for Aladdin, Guy Ritchie’s live-action update to the animated classic: there’s Iago flying over Agrabah, out to the sinister Cave of Wonders. Add in the soaring “Arabian Nights” score and the voice of the cave, and it’s definitely plucking some nostalgic heartstrings.
It would have been nice to see Will Smith as the Genie, one of the biggest question marks of the adaptation, seeing as Robin Williams’ performance is so iconically linked to the Disney animated film. But it’s likely that they’re saving that for the first complete trailer, which will presumably also feature some of the musical numbers: In addition to new updates of the original songs from composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, there will also be two new songs written by Menken and La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
In addition to Smith, the film stars Mena Massoud as “charming street rat” Aladdin; Naomi Scott as “courageous and self-determined” princess Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as ambitious sorcerer Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as a new character, the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
Aladdin comes to theaters May 24, 2019.