Look, it’s safe to say that not every Disney live-action trailer is going to get the glowing support on social media that The Lion King’s did. So, when a new trailer for the upcoming Aladdin dropped during Sunday’s telecast of the Grammy Awards, we were anxious to see what people were saying. While the film looks absolutely stunning, there was one thing that Twitter could not stop talking about – Will Smith’s Genie.
When the first image of the movie was released earlier this year and revealed the Genie looking very human, people had some thoughts on the fact that he wasn’t blue. Smith did clear things on Instagram up by saying the photo was actually of the Genie in his human disguise and that he would be absolutely be blue and CGI most of the movie.
Well, now that the next trailer has dropped and he is, in fact, very blue – people, of course, also have plenty of thoughts. Read on to see some of our favorite reactions to the Genie below!
“Should he look like the genie or like Will Smith?”
— American Antony Santos (@TheMikeTre) February 11, 2019
dir: Guy Ritchie pic.twitter.com/YtZHsR87qD
— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ (@JNapierrr) February 11, 2019
Why does Will Smith’s Genie look like he’s a thumb person from Spy Kids
— Jackson McHenry (@McHenryJD) February 11, 2019
— Q U I N N (@QuinnKeaney) February 11, 2019
— 7 BRAND DAD (@M15T3RM00NM4N) February 11, 2019
Aladdin (2019) pic.twitter.com/tKm7EyTWPX
— Call Me They 🏳️🌈🇵🇭 AC Dumlao (@mxacdumlao) February 11, 2019
Will Smith genie is what appears in my room when I have sleep paralysis pic.twitter.com/NzMDOgvkkz
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) February 11, 2019
It turns out that Will Smith’s #Aladdin Genie will haunt my nightmares
— Rebecca Iannucci (@rebeccaiannucci) February 11, 2019
First look at Will Smith as the Genie in the up coming live action Aladdin pic.twitter.com/yFLxrVJXv2
— Xanny DeVito (@trevorstweetss) February 11, 2019
I just stepped outside and… how are there not crashed cars? How are there not people walking around in a daze? Have they not seen the Will Smith genie yet? Dare I show them?
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 11, 2019
Either this is a super clever marketing troll by Disney, and this isn’t what the genie will actually look like for Aladdin or… I dunno. Man, I just can’t believe this can possibly be the real thing.
I just can’t. pic.twitter.com/fxkP5weIvW
— Ian Hecox (@SmoshIan) February 11, 2019
Remember when Will Smith begged everyone to wait until we saw the blue CGI version of the genie before we judged? Yikes. pic.twitter.com/uP3fVUrELr
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) February 11, 2019
Will Smith as the genie looks like what one of those kids from the 90’s Fruit Gushers commercials would look like if they never found a cure for their fruit curse.
— Jhonen Vasquez (@JhonenV) February 11, 2019
— ZacAttack (@vapetron5000) February 11, 2019
— Steve Bannister (@SteveisSensible) February 11, 2019
— Joey Maloney (@redlight24fps) February 11, 2019
In addition to Smith, the trailer offered new looks at Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Aladdin, which will be directed by Guy Ritchie, will also star Navid Negahasn, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. It’s expected to include classic songs from the original as well as a couple of new tunes written by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen).
What did you think of Will Smith’s genie? Aladdin will hit theaters on May 24th and you can check out the latest trailer below!
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