The live-action reboot of Aladdin is coming at us real soon since it hits theaters on May 24th. While we’ve received a few teasers from the Disney movie so far, the latest one is like no other since it sees Will Smith as his Genie character singing the movie’s beloved song “Prince Ali” with a little twist.
Will, being the real-life rapper he is, adds a little of his own flare to the song while the theatrics for the movie accompanies his dancing skills.
Will has been very open in the past about his initial uncertainty with taking on the role as Genie, considering the original was voiced by the late Robin Williams. After some thought, and the fact that it’s a live-action film, Will said yes to the blessed opportunity.
“After I watched the movie a few times, I saw where Robin Williams infused the character with a timeless version of himself, so I said to myself, “What if I just infuse the character with a timeless version of myself?” And then that opened up for me… hip-hop, it opened up fashion,” Will told EW.
“Because the Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything so I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Willians 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.”