A lot of little nuggets have come out of the D23 Expo announcements but one that really caught my attention is that the cast for the live action version of Aladdin has been announced and Will Smith is taking on the role of Genie. Wow!
While I really can’t comment on the casting of Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine or Mena Massoud as Aladdin, I will say that I am not sure about Smith for this role. I’m also not particularly thrilled about Guy Ritchie as the director but that’s a conversation for another day.
Chance are, you’ve seen the 1992 animated classic which combined a little humor with music to bring this old Arabic folk tale to life. It was the highest-grossing film of that year and my oldest kids watched it on VHS so many times that the tape literally wore thin and broke from abuse.