Guy Ritchie never made a musical before Aladdin, but he knew just how important the songs were to fans of the original 1992 Disney animated classic.
“Clearly people are very attached to the original songs and clearly that’s part of the DNA, so we didn’t really want to stray from the original stuff, just an embellishment with a couple of new tracks,” the director told EW as part of an exclusive first look at his upcoming live-action film.
Earlier today, a new trailer for Ritchie’s anticipated take on Aladdin (in theaters May 24) gave audiences the first glimpse of Will Smith’s blue Genie singing “A Friend Like Me” and Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine’s (Naomi Scott) iconic duet on “A Whole New World.”
Smith previously told EW that once he came on board, he was able to bring his hip-hop flavor to the music. “Friend Like Me” was the first song he recorded, even before his deal to join the film was formally closed, and he said it “fit so perfectly that we all really got inspired about the idea of me being Genie after listening to two hours’ of work in the studio with no preparation.”
He added, “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different, and 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.”
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