Disney's animated film "Aladdin" re-envisioning is about ready to hit theaters.
The director; Guy Ritchie, is the man responsible for the reshuffle of the 1992 classic, which appears to be a potential another box office hit for Disney once again. In the role of the famous blue bottled Genie, Will Smith, who has slipped into the role made famous by Robin Williams seamlessly. For fans it was either a perfect fit or a miss-casting. Will Smith is aware of the high expectations fans have placed on his performance: "I was really scared in the beginning. You have to be careful with movies like this because they shape people's childhoods."
For me there is a certain nostalgia associated with the film since it was one of the last that I got invested in in my mid-teens.
Director Guy Ritchie wasn't put off by the expectations people placed on him. The couples three children played a role in their father's film choices.
"My children forced me to make a family movie," he quipped in an interview. "Aladdin was a logical choice for me. I was a fan of the 1992 animated version. One thing led to the other."
The film also stars the Cairo born actor Mena Massoud, with Princess Jasmin played by Brit Naomi Scott.
Aladdin isn't the first Disney animated film that has been subject to a live-action relaunch; "The Jungle Book " and "Dumbo " have already been re-filmed. And later this summer we'll get treated "The Lion King."