Live-Action versions of animated films can go either way. On one hand, it could be retelling a classic story that reminds us how much we love the old stuff as well as bring it in for future generations. On the other hand, the expectations can be astronomical, even more than original films in a franchise have to deal with. More so if its an iconic character like Robin Williams’s take on the Genie.
Will Smith and crew knew the tremendous pressure there would be, but how could you say no to an opportunity like this? In the above interview Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud sit together and talk about what it was like when they found out, why they decided to ultimately say yes to the roles, and Naomi goes into why her new solo song was so important to her.
‘Aladdin’ releases on May 24, 2019.