Will Smith's genie leaves Aladdin fans unimpressed

12 February, 2019, 19:44 | Author: Barbara Erickson
  • The New Live Action ‘Aladdin’ Trailer Is Here & Will Smith Is Very Blue

On Sunday, the new trailer of the much-anticipated movie dropped during the Grammy's and Smith is big, bald and looking buff and blue as the wise-cracking magic man in the classic reboot.

Aladdin also stars Naomi Scott, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. Mena Massoud as Aladdin can be seen walking up to the Cave of Wonders, whereas a shot of Jasmine can be seen as she walks down the palace's steps.

So far, the marketing on Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin (headed to theaters this May from director Guy Ritchie) has been a touch wonky.

The blueness of the genie seems to sit in opposition to previous studio-released looks of Smith in full genie getup, which feature a decidedly less-blue skin tone. "Y'all need to trust me more often!" According to the actor, the full movie would see him in the cerulean guise fans first fell in love with when the late great Robin Williams first realized the role of the motor-mouthed wish-granter back in 1992.

Smith once again posted on Instagram today after the spot was aired.

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Yup, that's definitely Will Smith as Genie, and yup, he's definitely blue. Unsurprisingly, most of the talk has focused on Will Smith's Genie, with not everybody convinced by the muscular blue spirit.

Most, though, took umbrage with the fact that the special effects look a little on the iffy side - which is especially surprising when considering that Disney is almost always at the top of its game when it comes to CGI tech.

"Now I'd like to take a minute just sit down champ I'll tell you how I became the genie of this here gold lamp", one joked on Twitter.

Previous photos published by Entertainment Weekly had shown a decidedly not blue Genie, prompting backlash.

The film will drop in theatres from May 24, 2019 in the United Kingdom, and May 23 in Australia and North America.


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