Aladdin also stars Naomi Scott, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. The brief video, saves the Genie reveal for last, with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) rubbing the lamp and unleashing the figure, whom he apparently has no idea about. But Will Smith's Genie avatar is the biggest highlight of this latest instalment of the promotional material coming out for director Guy Ritchie's movie. Smith shared the look and the trailer with the caption, "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!" Another tweeted, "In-dustrial Light and Magic, born and raised, In a computer is where I spent most of my days".
Well, it's settled: Will Smith's Genie is blue. Smith even tried to preempt criticism in an Instagram post.
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Aladdin gets released May 24, 2019.
Most, though, took umbrage with the fact that the special effects look a little on the iffy side - which is especially surprising when considering that Disney is almost always at the top of its game when it comes to CGI tech. "She's someone who is so beloved, and having an animated character and bringing it to life in the way that it'll be authentic and natural is the best part of the job for me". 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.
"I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different", Smith told Entertainment Weekly previously. One first look does not a bad character make.