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Posted: February 10, 2019

Disney unveils blue Will Smith in new ‘Aladdin’ trailer during Grammys

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By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Disney unveiled a trailer for its latest reboot of “Aladdin” during the Grammy Awards Sunday night featuring a blue Will Smith as the genie.

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“I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!!” Smith posted on Instagram, along with a video of the new trailer.

>>Read: First photos of Will Smith’s Genie for live-action ‘Aladdin’ released

The trailer for the new take on the animated classic features Aladdin, played by Mena Massoud, and Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott.

The cast also includes Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Billy Magnussen and Nasim Pedrad.

>> Related: Michelle Obama kicks off Grammy Awards with message about music

Disney released the first trailer for the film last fall, but it only showed Aladdin and his iconic lamp.

>>Read: Get first look at Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ remake starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud

“Aladdin” will debut on May 24.


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Will Smith (right) portrays the Genie as Mena Massoud (left) stars as Aladdin in the Disney live-action remake of the cartoon classic "Aladdin."


First photos of Will Smith’s Genie for live-action ‘Aladdin’ released

Fans of the Disney classic animated film can now get their first look at Will Smith in the iconic role of Genie. 

Smith, along with his costars, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud, as Jasmine and Aladdin respectfully, grace the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.

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Despite the film going from traditional animation to live-action, the plot of the Guy Ritchie film stayed basically the same. 

>>Read: Get first look at Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ remake starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud

This time it is Smith, instead of a big blue Genie voiced by comedian Robin Williams, who grants Aladdin’s three wishes.

But there was one roadblock Smith and Ritchie needed to overcome, Williams himself. The original Genie and Williams were intertwined. But Smith believes he was able to put his own mark on the wish-granter, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different,” Smith told Entertainment Weekly. “Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”

Smith said he used his other on-screen personas to shape his take on Genie -- specifically those from “Independence Day,” “Bad Boys” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

“Aladdin” will hit theaters May 24, 2019.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ first full trailer released

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ first full trailer released

Disney has released another trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic “Dumbo.”

The movie company challenges fans to “find your courage” in the clips that show the dynamics between Hold Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, his on-screen children, played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, and the baby elephant with big ears after Dumbo and his mother are separated.

We also see more of Michael Keaton in his role as V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who owns Dreamland, as he tries to get the flying elephant from Danny DeVito as Max Medici, the owner of the failing circus and home to Dumbo, Variety reported

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“Dumbo” will soar into theaters on March 29. 

‘Lilo and Stitch’ remake is Disney’s next live-action project 

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‘Lilo and Stitch’ remake is Disney’s next live-action project 

Disney apparently has plans to bring another cartoon classic to life on the big screen in live-action form. 

This time “Lilo & Stitch” is being reimagined as a live-action/computer-generated combination film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mike Van Waes is writing the film and it will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The producer pair is also currently working on the live-action version of “Aladdin.”

The story line of the original film focused on a blue alien who was created to be Experiment 626, a destructive power, but finds love, and eventually a family on the big island of Hawaii with a lonely girl named Lilo.

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It took home $273 million at the box office when it was released in 2002, Variety reported.

The movie also spurred multiple direct-to-TV or video movies and a television series, as well as, merchandising, character greetings at the Disney parks and cruise line.

The Hollywood Reporter said the film could be for the big screen or Disney’s new streaming service that launches next year.

This is not the only live-action version of a Disney classic that will be released in the near future. Disney has already had box office success with new versions of “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast.” It also has live-action movies in various stages of planning with new versions of “Mulan,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid.”

Dumbo,” by Tim Burton will hit theaters in March. 

First look: ‘Dumbo’ by Tim Burton teaser trailer released

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First look: ‘Dumbo’ by Tim Burton teaser trailer released

What do you get when Tim Burton, who is known for "The Nightmare Before Christmas," tries his hand at a new, reimagined, live-action version of the Disney classic “Dumbo?”

You get the teaser trailer that dropped Wednesday morning that gives the first look at the all-star cast and the baby elephant with huge ears that will bring a tear to your eye. 

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With the tear-jerking song “Baby Mine” playing, you get your first glimpse of Dumbo, an elephant that eventually learns to fly. You also see live actors like Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton,  Colin Farrell and Eva Green.

According to IMDB’s summary of the movie, Farrell’s character is hired by DeVito to care for Dumbo. But once Farrell’s on-screen children find out that Dumbo can soar, an entrepreneur played by Keaton and an aerial artist played by Green plot to make Dumbo a star. 

Watch the trailer below: 

“Dumbo” is scheduled to hit the big screen on March 29, 2019. It is one of a group of live action adaptations of classic Disney animated films including the upcoming films -- “The Lion King,” starring Beyonce and Donald Glover, “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Disney has already released live-action versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Maleficent,” a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty.”

Disney finds its Mulan, casts Liu Yifei in title role

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Disney finds its Mulan, casts Liu Yifei in title role

Disney’s gotten down to business to cast its Mulan in the upcoming live-action remake.

Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast to portray the Chinese heroine, Deadline reported.

The mouse house made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Casting directors auditioned almost 1,000 actresses in five countries to find an actress with martial arts skills who can speak English and has what the Hollywood Reporter called a “star quality.”

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Disney looked specifically for an ethnically Chinese woman to play Mulan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Liu lived in Queens as a child.

Liu has been on television dramas since the mid-2000s and has been in “The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Outcast” and “The Chinese Widow.”

She has also been a brand ambassador for Dior, Garnier and Pantene, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The story of Mulan was first animated by Disney in 1998 with Ming-Na Wen voicing the daughter who disguised herself to fight in her father’s place in fifth-century China.

The live-action Mulan is slated to hit theaters in 2019 and will combine the original ballad of Hua Mulan with the Disney-created story from 1998, Deadline reported.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will go ‘Under the Sea,’ team up for live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will go ‘Under the Sea,’ team up for live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

He’s already made his name on Broadway, and it seems that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Disney front too, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Miranda is going nonstop, no telling how far he’ll go, already co-starring in the sequel of “Mary Poppins.” He took his shot and wrote the ear-worm soundtrack that breathed live into “Moana.”

Now, the “Hamilton” writer will be working on new songs for the score of the upcoming live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.”

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Miranda, who calls himself a lifelong Disney fan, will compose with Alan Menken. Miranda was first attached to the film a year ago, but no details were given when it was announced. Menken made the collaboration announcement at the recent D23 Expo, Entertainment Weekly reported.

He also performed a medley of the songs he wrote with his former creative partner Howard Ashman, who died in 1991.

Almost a year ago, Miranda took over the mouse house’s Instagram, putting his own take on many popular Disney classics. There may be a “Mermaid” song in there, and you’re welcome.

Mary Poppins: Returns” hits theaters this December.

No date has been released for “The Little Mermaid” remake.

Mena Massoud cast as Aladdin in Disney live-action remake


Mena Massoud cast as Aladdin in Disney live-action remake

UPDATE: Disney announced the cast for its upcoming live-action remake of “Aladdin” Saturday on Twitter.

Read the original report below.

Guy Ritchie started trying to find his Aladdin in a global casting call in March. So far 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the hero and his love interest Jasmine, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

They’re having a hard time finding a man who is in his 20s who can act and sing who is also either Middle Eastern or Indian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Production was scheduled for July. 

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One star has apparently already signed on for the role of Genie, originally made famous by Robin Williams. Will Smith was in talks on to play the magic man, Deadline reported in April. Ritchie did not confirm or deny the rumor when he was asked in May about Smith’s alleged role, E! News reported. Those in the know at the studio said they’re looking for someone known to play Jafar, the villain, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As for Jasmine, studio sources say two actresses are in the running: Naomi Scott from the recent “Power Rangers” movie and Tara Sutaria. But the final decision won’t happen until the studio gets its Aladdin, according to The Hollywood Reporter..

Disney is eyeing more live-action remakes of its hit movies. This year, “Mary Poppins: Returns” is scheduled to hit the big screen this December. It is being touted as a sequel to the original film. They’re also working on live-action versions of “Mulan,” “The Lion King” and “Dumbo” 


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