Will Smith's 'Aladdin' genie faces Twitter backlash

Will Smith's 'Aladdin' genie faces Twitter backlash

Following months of teasers, Disney has dropped the first official trailer for its Aladdin live-action remake.

Will Smith is pictured in the new sneak peek painted entirely blue, with a shaved head, goatee and gold jewellery.

Aladdin is based on the 1992 animated classic, starring fan-favourite Robin Williams as the Genie. "It is honestly so amusing that the new genie looks like shit and just sort of walks over to Aladdin like "oh hey man", read another.

Aladdin will be helmed by Guy Ritchie, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie in the sprawling city of Agrabah. "It's so spectacular, it's such a attractive movie and I can't wait for people to see it".

After the first look at Aladdin appeared on EW's cover back in December, the world collectively freaked out over Smith, who stars as the Genie, being in human form. Nicholson then wondered why Smith was so heavily CGIed for Aladdin, and why the filmmakers didn't simply place him in an interesting outfit instead of going through the trouble of making him blue.

Smith posted the trailer to his Instagram, writing, "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!" Also, he's just gonna use his regular Will Smith voice?

Well, as the Genie himself might say: be careful what you wish for.

"I have worked at most of the studios, and Disney just knows what they are doing".

The clip of Smith's portrayal of the Genie in the trailer is quite quick, as he's only on screen in character for about 4 seconds.

On Twitter, one man wrote, "I'm sorry but Will Smith as the Genie in #Aladdin is nightmare fuel". Is it even possible to live up to the expectations for that character?

Check out the trailer below, and catch Aladdin in theaters May 24, 2019.

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