Some Disney fans said they would wait to make their minds up about Smith's character once the movie is released in May. "Y'all need to trust me more often!" She wrote on Twitter after watching the second look at Aladdin, "Will Smith genie is what appears in my room when I have sleep paralysis". The first trailer of the film debuted in October 2018, though fans only got a quick look at Aladdin and his famous lamp. Granted, we don't see Will Smith's genie do half the bonkers stuff Robin Williams' animated version did in this trailer, but Disney seems to be on the right track with the character so far.
That's Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, but obviously Will Smith is the one who pulls focus as the Genie. Disney have released a new TV spot ahead of the film's release in late May. However, Smith's lively and bright performance steals the spotlight. While it has to be hard to turn a beloved, blue cartoon character into one that looks remotely believable in real life, there's something about Smith's blue look that looks incomplete and nearly a bit creepy.
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Well, as the Genie himself might say: be careful what you wish for.
Sadly, Disney fans have taken to social media to mock Smith's genie rendition. I'm now actually hoping that Will Smurf (as Trevor has affectionately dubbed him) stays in his human form instead for most of the movie. Smith, as Genie, asks. There have also been rumors of a possible live-action remake of The Nightmare Before Christmas that could already be in the works. Regardless, we'll see if Aladdin can win over doubters when the film hits theaters on May 24th, 2019.