Will Smith's Genie Revealed In New 'Aladdin' Trailer

Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2019

Genie questions Aladdin in the trailer, which Disney released during Sunday evening's Grammy Awards.

The new trailer sets up a familiar plot for Disney fans: fantasy, adventure, even a mysterious cave with a lion head entrance, where you just know the street-dwelling hero will find an enchanted lamp.

Aladdin then enters the cave to retrieve the lamp, and releases Genie into our view. Another tweeted, "In-dustrial Light and Magic, born and raised, In a computer is where I spent most of my days".

Will Smith previously admitted he initially found the task of playing the Genie a daunting one, telling Entertainment Weekly: "Whenever you're doing things that are iconic, it's always terrifying".

The film's trailer offered a glimpse what everyone was waiting for which is Will Smith in the popular blue genie avatar.

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.

However, many fans have reservations concerning the character of the Genie, originally voiced by beloved comedian Robin Williams. 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. "There hasn't been a lot of that hip-hop flavour in Disney history". "Genie looks really bad and too human, they should've went with a totally CGI Genie imo", said another. "I got to act and it was comedy and attractive dramatic scenes, I got to sing, I got to rap, I got to dance, I got to do action sequences - it was everything that I've trained and learned how to do over the last 30 years of entertainment and I got to it use all in playing the Genie". I think that'll be fun for people. Regardless, we'll see if Aladdin can win over doubters when the film hits theaters on May 24th, 2019.