When the teaser trailer for Walt Disney Pictures’ Aladdin debuted in October. Hence, fans got a first look at Mena Massoud as the titular street rat. The sneak peek showed him entering the Cave of Wonders and finding a magical lamp. Thus, moments before he’d finally meet Genie (Will Smith).
At the time, fans didn’t get to see Genie—or Naomi Scott’s Princess Jasmine.
After months of anticipation, their wishes were finally granted this morning. Therefore, as the acting trio appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s Dec. 28, 2018/Jan. 4, 2019 issue. Smith, in particular, had big shoes to fill. Hence, as the late Robin Williams originated the role when the animated film was released in 1992. “Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” he admits. “The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”. But, as director Guy Ritchie explains, “The great thing about the role of the Genie. Therefore, is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is. So it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on.”
A Big Shoes To Fill
Since Williams “infused the character with a timeless version of himself,” Smith decided to follow suit. “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams. But, musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough. And unique enough that it would be in a different lane. Thus, versus trying to compete.” And so, his take on the character will pull from his oeuvre. “I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world,” Smith says. “There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history.”
Ritchie is still working out the special effects for Genie, so the image fans see on the magazine’s cover likely won’t be what they see onscreen. “I wanted a muscular 1970s dad,” the director says. “He was big enough to feel like a force—not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room.”
The Casting Process
Massoud and Scott won their roles after an exhaustive global casting call. But even after they were hired, they had to work overtime to do their characters justice. “The singing and dancing I had to really train and put in time for,” the actor explains, “as I’m predominantly an actor first.”
For the live-action remake (hitting theaters May 24, 2019), Ritchie wanted to ensure Jasmine was “a more rounded character and maybe not being such a stereotype of the time.” It’s a sentiment Scott, a lifelong fan of the original, appreciated. “Jasmine’s main objective at the beginning is to really protect her people and to do right by them,” she says. “She definitely isn’t a finished article at the beginning of the movie, but she has this beautiful arc and progression…”
Rest assured, Ritchie has plenty of surprises in store.
Worst Dressed Celebrities At Oscar 2019
Oscar red carpet is the time for the stars to shine. Or supposedly. Unfortunately, some stars just refused to shine. They let their red carpet moment ruined by their choice of wardrobe which unfortunately couldn’t live up to the high standard of Hollywood. Here we announce to you some celebrities who unfortunately couldn’t make into the A star listing.
The ”E! News” host turns the red carpet into a moment of mourning with this lacy, black, high-low hemline catastrophe. For someone who does every major red carpet each awards season, the E! News host should be an expert at choosing gowns. She should have known to steer clear of this Kelly Ng look, with its flimsy lace bodice and a regrettable halter neck.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” actress’s shimmering, metallic, pussy-bow pantsuit was a little ill-fitting for one of the biggest nights in Hollywood! We really tried to love the “Crazy Rich Asians” actress’ Prince homage with her pale purple suit and matching floppy tie. But her look was badly in need of better tailoring.
We love her for her comedy, but, unfortunately, we can’t say the same about this floral print fashion flop. The dress seemed to be drowned her petite body as well as the print.
The color works. The necklace works. The beautiful, billowing skirt works. But the wildly unfortunate top of Paulson’s Brandon Maxwell gown totally sinks this look along with some truly confusing waist cutouts.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” cast has owned every other red carpet this season. That’s why it’s such a shame that Chan chose this Valentino look, which while certainly an ambitious and daring choice, made her look more like a fluffy comforter than a high-fashion queen.
Meghan Markle’s Most Fashionable Pregnancy Style
October last year, the Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex and her husband were expecting a baby. And the world thrilled about that. At that time, Meghan Markle was only 12 weeks pregnant. Now that the due date is almost closed by, the world got to see how Meghan Markle rocks all of this pregnancy style in the most fashionable way.
This Flowy Royal Blue Gown
Meghan wore a billowy patterned dress as she and Harry visited King Mohammed VI of Morocco at his residence on February 25 in Rabat. Look at the stunning blue dress cover her belly perfectly.
All White Ensemble
She donned an all-white outfit with suede green accessories while attending a gala performance of The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum in London on February 12. How in the world a pregnant woman keeps looking stunning in white is beyond me.
Meghan worked this black-and-white Givenchy outfit at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London with Harry. Again, she looked perfectly stunning on this contrast ensemble.
Sleek Black Style
Meghan worked an all-black coat and dress outfit with neutral heels for an event with the Association of Commonwealth Universities at University of London on January 31. All black now and look bedazzling as ever.
Beige Dress and Coat Sitch
It was another monochrome look for Meghan as she visited the Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity in London on January 16. Despite the monochrome look, Meghan’s outfit never bore me.
Eye-Catching Color Combo
The Duchess of Sussex rocked saturated reds and purples while visiting Birkenhead at Hamilton Square on January 14. Though red and purple might not go hand in hand in our head, apparently it worked well for the Duchess.
Black and Tan ‘Fit
Meghan worked a black dress, tan coat, black bag, and black-and-white heels while visiting Smart Works. It is one of the four organizations which she has become Royal Patron of, on January 10 in London.
Monochrome Christmas Look
The Duchess wore a navy dress, matching feathered fascinator, and a long coordinating Victoria Beckham coat with gold buttons. All while attending Christmas Day church service with the royal family at Church of St. Mary Magdalene in King’s Lynn, England.
Cheery Floral Design
Meghan wore a stylish black-and-white floral print dress for her visit to the Royal Variety Charity at Brinsworth House on December 18 in Twickenham, England. She paired the look with a pair of gray suede stilettos and a long gray coat. Talk about a stylish look.
Meghan wore the cutest little red dress with a velvet collar, topped with a matching burgundy coat. All while visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen in London on November 21.
10 Best Oscar 2019 Red Carpet Look
The 91st Academy Awards is upon us. Feast your eyes on all the dreamy red carpet Oscar dresses, perfectly manicured nails and bejeweled necklines right here. Not all clothes are dreamy though. But we managed to capture 10 perfect looks of the 2019 Oscar right here.
The actress walks the red carpet in a red Givenchy Haute Couture. Not too safe probably. But it works well for Rachel Weisz.
The Crazy Rich Asians actress was wearing Atelier Versace and Atelier Swarovski gems. The yellow dress is bedazzling us, Wu. Perfectly match for you.
Wearing a white Oscar de la Renta dress, Regina King truly looked like a queen. The contrast of the dress against her skin is so amazing, it blinded us all.
The mother of dragon in Crazy Rich Asians was wearing Elie Saab couture, Roger Vivier and Chopard. She looked truly younger beyond her years.
Wearing purple Balmain couture, the queen of dragons looked very stunning.
Who said girls must wear dress to a gala show? Melissa McCarthy proved just right that girls can wear pants and look stunning still. Melissa was wearing custom Brandon Maxwell.
In Elie Saab, Nicholas Kirkwood and Harry Winston gems, plus Sophia Webster shoes. Jennifer Hudson looks terrifyingly good in her red dress.
The captain Marvel was wearing custom Celine and Jimmy Choo sandals. Looked stunning as usual, Brie Larson’s silver dress and her blonde hair combo is perfectly match.
After the incident of the wide-brimmed hat on her last red carpet, Jennifer Lopez again stunned the audience with her silver Tom Ford dress.
Lady Gaga has wowed the audience in the past. But this year, she brought out the Audrey Hepburn vibe. With her black, simple Alexander McQueen dress but topped it with Tiffany & Co. yellow diamond.
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