DISNEY FANS have been given a first look at Will Smith as the genie in the first trailer for Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin and they aren’t happy.
The one-minute trailer for the new film, which is out in May, debuted during the Grammys this past Sunday, February 11th.
It’s had a mixed response online though, with many fans underwhelmed at Smith’s version of the genie.
The image of Smith as the big blue genie brought back memories of another colourful movie character for some.
Others were reminded of a 90s gaming icon.
The movie and TV references came thick and fast.
Avatar got a few mentions, of course.
While there were a few Fresh Prince of Bel Air nods too.
Because, well, this is Will Smith.
It wasn’t the only Smith classic to get the nod.
Some were even calling for an apology. Well, sort of.
It was the stuff of nightmares for some.
Others were just sad.
Smith’s big blue genie wasn’t the only element of the new trailer to come in for flack though.
Some fans also took umbrage with the actor playing Jafar or, more specifically, his voice.
Smith has previously spoken about the differences between his version of the genie and the one made popular by Robin Williams.
T”here’s a little bit less mimicking — there’s a James Brown piece that we do but a little bit less mimicking,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“The thing that will be the major addition from me playing the Genie is the hip-hop base. I think that’ll be fun for people. I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world.
“There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history!”
Aladdin will be released on May 24th, 2019.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.