First look at Will Smith's Genie in new 'Aladdin' trailer
A new trailer premiered for Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake on Sunday, and viewers were mostly unimpressed by the big reveal of Will Smith’s blue Genie character. (YouTube/Walt Disney Studios)
Jonathan Forani, CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Monday, February 11, 2019 9:45AM EST
Social media users have been rubbed the wrong way by Will Smith’s blue Genie in the new trailer for Disney’s Aladdin remake.
The short clip premiered Sunday night and viewers were quick to voice their reactions online.
“Totally sold up until I saw the genie,” wrote one user.
“No one will ever do that role better than Robin Williams,” wrote another.
At the end of the new preview for the live-action remake, in theatres May 24, Canadian actor Mena Massoud’s Aladdin is shown rubbing the magical oil lamp that contains Genie. Smith’s character comes out of the object in a stream of blue and is revealed as the shirtless, blue-bodied straight-talking spirit. But Aladdin is confused.
“You really don’t know who I am? Genie, wishes, lamp -- none of that ringing a bell?” he says before the trailer ends.
It wasn’t ringing a bell for a lot of viewers, who compared the new Genie to other characters like the aliens of Avatar or the Blue Man Group.
First look at Will Smith as the Genie in the up coming live action Aladdin pic.twitter.com/yFLxrVJXv2— Xanny DeVito (@trevorstweetss) February 11, 2019
Yeah.. the Aladdin trailer looks interesting... Why they made Will Smith's Genie look like the Blue Hulk meets the Blue Man Group?!??!!! ♂️♂️♂️♂️♂️♂️#aladdin#WillSmith#GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/dpdDducU6W— MylestheStyles94 (@MylesWhite94) February 11, 2019