Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

This week:
– Aladdin fans wish for a better Genie
– Frozen 2 teaser hits the web
– The Skywalker Saga wraps filming

Read on to find out more!

Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin Genie revealed!

Mena Massoud / Picture credit: Disney

The prospect of a Disney film directed by Guy Ritchie is one that has fascinated me since its announcement. When it comes to Guy Ritchie, I find his films tend to be either excellent or awful, with very few of his movies hitting the middle-ground in between.

But regardless of quality, his style just doesn’t seem to be the sort of thing that would mesh with a family-friendly Disney property.

Now, however, audiences finally have had the chance to see what’s going down in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, and while the film touts colourful, lavish sequences and grand set pieces that seem like a new direction for a Ritchie movie, all eyes are instead focused on the newest iteration of the Genie, this time played by Will Smith:

It’s strange, for sure. So strange in fact, that I’ve seen this trailer three or four times now and I’ve only just noticed the flying carpet makes an appearance in the trailer. Something I glossed over before as I found myself so transfixed by the bizarre sight of Will Smith’s face superimposed onto a hulking blue CGI body. I don’t dislike it as such, but I understand why others do.

But it is what it is. I’m sure it’ll look less creepy in the actual film.

Aladdin flies into cinemas on May 24th 2019.


Frozen II has less frozen stuff than one might expect

Picture credit: Disney

Next up, more Disney news, as not only did they release an Aladdin trailer, but also a teaser for the highly anticipated Frozen II. I have seen some suggest that this was a tactic employed by Disney to make fans forget about Will Smith’s Genie. It has not worked.

I’m not going to lie to you. I know nothing about Frozen. I haven’t seen the first movie. I don’t know who is in it or what it’s about. I just know that I had to listen to the same trailer for the spin-off short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (?) about fifty times a day at work (a cinema) a year or so ago and it almost drove me and all my co-workers insane.

Watching this, if I had to surmise, I’d guess that it’s some sort of female-reboot of the tales of Jesus Christ before she learned to properly walk on water, with a little bit of The Last Airbender thrown in for good measure. But I may be way off.

Frozen II breaks into cinemas on November 22nd 2019.


Star Wars comes to an end

Surprise! It’s a Disney Triple Threat this week as we end on some Star Wars news (I use the term ‘news’ loosely though, what with this week’s post consisting of two trailers and a tweet).

In recent days, Anthony Daniels has been confusing many a Star Wars fan on Twitter after he wrapped filming on Episode IX (as the only actor to feature in all nine ‘saga’ films, it’s probably quite an emotional experience for him), and began sending out cryptic messages about some incoming event. No one has, as of yet, figured out what he’s talking about, but he’s no longer alone in the ‘no-longer-filming-Star Wars club’, as director J.J. Abrams announced at the end of this week that photography has officially finished with the following emotional tweet:

Where this scene takes place in the film, we don’t know – but it’s nice to see that the three central heroic characters of the trilogy will likely get at least one scene interacting with one another (I realise that’s not what the photo is depicting, but the fact they’re all present suggests it could happen); something that surprisingly is yet to happen properly in this trilogy.

At this point, we also don’t know what the film will be about. Or what the title is. So little behind-the-scenes photos like this are a welcome surprise.

One thing we do know though, is that…

Star Wars: Episode IX jumps into cinemas on December 20th 2019.