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Will Smith as blue Genie: This new Aladdin trailer is all we need in life

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 11/02/2019 Safeeyah Kazi
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Disney has unveiled the latest trailer for Aladdin showcasing Will Smith’s debut as the blue Genie for the first time.

The live-action film trailer dropped during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and showcased Smith in the iconic role, taking the mantle from Robin Williams.

In the magical trailer, Smith shows off his witty take on the character as he talks to a confused Aladdin: “You don’t know who I am? Genie, wishes, lamp, none of that ringing a bell?”

Smith notably embodied the role as he debuted the deep blue complexion and signature black goatee from the animated classic.

The Bright star also mocked followers with the reveal encouraging them to “trust him” after he appeared in a string of teaser images without Genie’s iconic blue hue.

Sharing a clip from the trailer, he wrote: “I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!! Y’all need to trust me more often!” [sic]

Excited fans admitted they “can’t wait to watch” the upcoming film.

Live-action remake: Massoud will take on the titular role (Disney) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Live-action remake: Massoud will take on the titular role (Disney)

One user wrote: “OH MY GOD CAN’T WAIT.”

Another commented: “Wow this is my fav Disney Film, I am super exited” [sic]

A third added: “Will Smith will save this movie!!!”

The trailer also teased a special look at Mena Massoud as the titular hero, an evil-looking Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) and an effortless Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

Speaking about the role previously, Smith told Entertainment Weekly: “Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying. The question is always, 'Where was there meat left on the bone?' Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.


“I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavour in Disney history.”

Aladdin will be released in cinemas on May 24

Gallery: Here's the cast of Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' and who they're playing [Insider]


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