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People are not feeling Will Smith’s Genie look in the ‘Aladdin’ remake
He looks quite different than he does in the animated film.
When Disney released the Aladdin teaser trailer two months ago, some fans took issue with Aladdin wearing a shirt when his character doesn’t don one in the animated version. But now that we have a better idea of what the film will look like, that might be the least of fans’ problems.
The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue, giving us our biggest glimpse into how director Guy Ritchie will tackle the beloved film. But fans didn’t have to even click on the accompanying article before they discovered what will be one of the more polarizing aspects of the film.
— Disney’s Aladdin (@disneyaladdin) December 19, 2018
— Geek Vibes Nation🖖 (@GeekVibesNation) December 19, 2018
Any of the discourse surrounding Aladdin wearing a shirt from two months ago has nothing on Will Smith as the Genie.
— Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) December 19, 2018
— Nick Bosworth (@NickMBosworth) December 19, 2018
I have questions but I’m gonna chill pic.twitter.com/riAultlIlw
— Dad (@fivefifths) December 19, 2018
— Filipe Torres (@filipebtorres) December 19, 2018
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) December 19, 2018
Smith is in the unenviable position of portraying the Genie, a character made instantly iconic by Robin Williams’ performance as well as a distinctive look. The Genie was larger than life and could transform himself to look like different people and creatures. With our first look at the Genie so far, he’s basically Smith with a fake ponytail and goatee that stand out much more than a lot of other fake hairpieces would on other characters.
According to Ritchie, the Genie in his film—who he described as “part Fresh Prince, part Hitch”—will have a blue form, although it’s one that isn’t finished yet.
“I wanted a muscular 1970s dad,” Ritchie explained. “He was big enough to feel like a force — not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room.”
Smith also added that this wouldn’t be the only look we would see from the Genie. If he has one advantage over the original, he’ll be able to blend into a crowd more.
“I’m gonna be BLUE! :-)” he told one fan on Instagram. “This is how the Genie is in Human / DIsguise Form. My character will be CGI for most of the movie.”
— GONE FISHING (@Hellkr1) December 19, 2018
But still, that didn’t stop people from having a bit of fun with the one version of the Genie that we do have by posting an assortment of memes and edits.
Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the genie of a town called Agrabah pic.twitter.com/WZizYN4t3n
— Igor Pontes ポンテス (@pontes_igor) December 19, 2018
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2018
it's not too late to salvage this pic.twitter.com/wuh7b3IOMk
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 19, 2018
Aladdin debuts in theaters May 24, 2019.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.