Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Trailer Reveals Will Smith's Snarky Genie

Sergio Cunningham
February 11, 2019

But the best bit comes right at the end as Aladdin, with Apu and a pixel-perfect CGI Magic Carpet right behind, rubs the magic lamp for the first time, unveiling the big attractive blue Smith.

Whether this means Smith's genie is capable of un-blueing himself by shape-shifting remains to be seen.

Will Smith's Genie looked like an ordinary guy in the first images we saw of Disney's new live-action Aladdin.

There might be some aesthetic similarities between Williams and Will Smith 's take on the character, but that's where the comparisons end.

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Mena Massoud stars in the live-action remake as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

In December, Smith reassured fans that "I'm gonna be BLUE!" after an Entertainment Weekly cover showed him in costume in human form. Smith even tried to preempt criticism in an Instagram post. The publicity photo above looks a little more polished.

A tantalizing glimpse of the "Prince Ali" sequence also flashes by, boasting sumptuous colors as the pretend prince rides his monkey Apu - now an elephant via the Genie - as they stomp through Agrabah en route to try and woo the Sultan's daughter, to the catchiest tune in all of Disney's extensive catalog. "He was big enough to feel like a force - not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room". "There hasn't been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history", Smith added.

Aladdin opens on May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the United States and UK.

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