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New Aladdin Trailer Finally Reveals Will Smith’s Blue Genie

11 February 2019
New Aladdin Trailer Finally Reveals Will Smith’s Blue Genie

Aladdin then enters the cave to retrieve the lamp, and releases Genie into our view.

Disney released a new trailer for their upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

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.

Aladdin is being directed by Guy Ritchie, and features Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and, obviously, Smith as Genie.

The 50-year-old actor appeared in his Genie costume - which was published on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in December - but this time, entirely blue, seemingly with some CGI effects. Smith posted on his Instagram page.

Twitter was quick to poke fun at Smith, with one user comparing the look to Paul Giamatti in the movie "Big Fat Liar".

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. And I say this as someone who's been an ardent defender of Ritchie's last couple of fun-filled blockbusters. For his part, Smith said, "I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world".

Aladdin opens on May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the U.S. and UK.