A new trailer for Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin has hit the web, and with it comes our first good look at Will Smith’s Genie in action. We also see a lot of Agrabah, the main cast, and what looks to be an exciting retelling of the classic animated film.
He’s blue, and honestly, it looks good. 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. Could Will Smith end up providing a performance just as good as the original? Is it even possible to live up to the expectations for that character?
One thing that is certain, is that living up to those expectations would’ve been a good deal harder with a non-blue Genie. It was one of the biggest complaints audiences lodged at the first look of the Aladdin cast, and some questioned whether or not it meant Will Smith’s take would be something entirely different. It still might be, but at least he’ll still somewhat look like the character while doing his thing.
As for other parts of the look, it looks like Disney subbed out the gold shackles for a silver look, but kept the red sash above his ethereal lower half. It’s definitely jarring at first, so much so that one might’ve completely glossed over Aladdin’s magic carpet looking straight up like the animated version next to Aladdin. Those two certainly look the most like their original characters, although the big differences with other characters is mostly due to clothing choice.
Aladdin is in theaters Friday, May 24. Keep tabs on all news regarding the film here at CinemaBlend, and for more on it be sure to read up on the details regarding the music for the feature, and what will be different in the new version.