Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Will Smith revealed as blue Genie in 'Aladdin'

Aladdin- Will Smith Will Smith's Genie Is the Star of the New 'Aladdin' Trailer
Stacy Diaz | 11 February, 2019, 08:10

Smith shared a few snapshots of his Genie on his Instagram after the trailer aired.

The new teaser for the live-action remake of Aladdin is out, and we finally have our first look at Will Smith as the incomparable Genie.

As promised, Will Smith has granted fans' wishes and been transformed into a blue hue for Aladdin.

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.

ETonline points out reaction online was mixed moments after the video was broadcast, with some not sure what to make of Smith's version of the animated character from the original 1992 film. They were forced to speak up after an Entertainment Weekly cover story in December showed a pre-CGI Smith, which prompted Twitter blowback. "Y'all need to trust me more often!"

The trailer opens with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) preparing to enter the Cave of Wonders, and we hear the evil Jafar's (Marwan Kenzari) voice for the first time. Aladdin follows on the heels of other Disney films that have taken on the line action approach, with varying degrees of success, such as Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.

Also expected in the coming year are The Lion King, due for release in July, and Dumbo, due out in March.