Aladdin: See the first teaser trailer for Disney's live-action remake

Disney is taking viewers to a whole new world. 

The House of Mouse released the first teaser trailer for the live-action Aladdin on Thursday, introducing newcomer Mena Massoud as the bread-stealing, lamp-rubbing title hero who aims to win the heart of princess and live a royal life alongside her. 

The trailer, dropped during the October 11 matchup between the New York Giants and the defending Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles, begins on a sweeping shot of the desert hills of the fictional city of Agrabah, and then moves to show four travelers on camel-back and a parrot (likely the villainous Jafar's squawking sidekick Iago) flying through the sky. We get a glimpse of the palace where the Sultan (Navid Negahban) and his daughter, Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), reside before the camera fades to black. 

A soaring instrumental version of "Arabian Nights," the song that opened Disney's 1992 animated Aladdin, plays as we follow the parrot across Agrabah and over to the tiger's mouth of the Cave of Wonders, inside which a magical lamp is hidden. 

"Only one may enter here," the deep, gruff voice of the cave's guardian says. "One whose worth lies far within… the diamond in the rough."

While Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), the evil sorcerer and Grand Vizier of the Sultan, wishes to enter the Cave of Wonders himself, obtain the magic lamp, and overthrow the Sultan to claim the throne of Agrabah and seize total power over the city, he knows he can't — he's neither a diamond in the rough nor someone whose worth is hidden deep in their soul. Never one to ditch his plans to obtain power, fame, and riches, Jafar enlists the help of the scrappy Aladdin and has him journey into the cave, without mentioning to the street rat that he's carrying out the first step in a sinister plan. 

In the trailer, Jafar's silhouette is seen standing next to Aladdin outside the Cave of Wonders, but it doesn't offer a peek at actor Kenzari in character. 

Following the dramatic unveiling of the live-action adaptation's title, written in ornate gold text, the footage introduces Massoud's Aladdin to the world. He's seen inside the cave, reaching both hands up to grab the lamp. The trailer cuts before Aladdin can make skin-to-enchanted-item contact. 

This first look at Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie and written by John August, is short but solid. Though not nearly as grand as it was in the animated original, the Cave of Wonders — particularly its treasure-filled interior — looks incredible, and the film's score is bound to delight. Longtime Disney composer Alan Menken teamed with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to create the music for Aladdin, writing a handful of new songs and even adding another verse to the iconic "Arabian Nights." 

The only downside to the teaser trailer is that it doesn't feature any Genie. This time around, Will Smith plays the comical Jinn, who grants three wishes to the person who possesses the magic lamp he's trapped inside. Those in attendance at CinemaCon earlier this year did actually get to see a sneak peek of Smith's take on Genie, famously originated by the late Robin Williams. According to CinemaBlend, Smith as Genie will be quite different from Williams as Genie: he's apparently just human Will Smith with "a shaved head and a swirl of long ponytail hair," described by CinemaCon panel members as "a little Fresh Prince, a little Hitch, and a whole lot of attitude." Color us intrigued. 

Now that Disney has unveiled a dazzling poster and released this first teaser for the film, fans only have one wish left: to see Aladdin in theaters on May 24, 2019.