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New 'Aladdin' live-action trailer takes us into a whole new world

It's no longer just smoke and mirrors in the new "Aladdin" trailer.
/ Source: TODAY

All credit to Disney: in less than a minute-and-a-half, its teaser trailer for "Aladdin" appears to give us everything we need.

There are magical shifting sands in the desert. A soaring parrot (probably Jafar's sidekick Iago). A growling lion's head entrance to the Cave of Wonders. A reference to "a diamond in the rough" being the only one who can enter. And a glimpse of Mena Massoud as Aladdin reaching up to take the lamp from its pedestal.

So what's missing?

Why, Will Smith as the Genie, of course!

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Will Smith plays the Genie in the upcoming live-action version of the Disney film. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

But that's also part of Disney's genius: To leave us wanting more.

And Smith is certainly in on the joke; on Wednesday, the actor posted the main art for the film on Facebook and joked that he was still trapped inside:

Admittedly, we'll always remember the late Robin Williams as the frenetic, motor-mouthed Genie from Disney's 1992 animated version of the story, which this live-action version is based on.

But if anyone can follow in Williams' rapid-fire footsteps, it's definitely Will Smith!

A first-look at the live-action Aladdin
Mena Massoud, as Aladdin, reaches for what he wants.Walt Disney Studios

Alas, we'll have to wait a while for this whole new world to unfurl: "Aladdin" isn't coming to theaters until May 24, 2019.