Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

Will Smith's Genie Is the Star of the New 'Aladdin' Trailer

Will Smith's Genie Is the Star of the New 'Aladdin' Trailer

During Sunday's Grammy Awards, Disney unveiled a new TV teaser for the live-action remake of its classic cartoon, offering a first look at Smith in action as Genie, the role brought to life in the 1992 original by the late Robin Williams.

Aladdin hits theatres on May 24, 2019 and stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Smith.

For reasons that will probably become clearer in time, we also see the first version of Will Smith as the Genie; coming out of the lamp after being summoned by Aladdin.

Aladdin then enters the cave to retrieve the lamp, and releases Genie into our view. And I say this as someone who's been an ardent defender of Ritchie's last couple of fun-filled blockbusters.

Check out the trailer below.

On the plus side, the cast looks good, and I love the colorful and bright costumes and production design.

Viewers weren't shy about expressing their shock on social media, with many revealing they were disappointed with how Genie turned out, and some even drawing comparisons to Paul Giamatti's character in Big Fat Liar.

Just saw the #Aladdin preview.

You ain't never had a friend (or nightmare) like Genie Will Smith. Ritchie, meanwhile, told the outlet that he "wanted a muscular 1970s dad" look.

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

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