New Aladdin trailer released during Grammys reveals Will Smith as ‘Genie’

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Just like in the original movie, the carpet is standing up straight, reacting to what's going on in the world around it. The actor shared the clip on Instagram and wrote: "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!"

But there was something fans were not prepared for - Will Smith as a blue Genie. A new teaser for Aladdin debuted during Sunday's Grammy Awards and revealed Smith in all his CGI glory - sparking instant reactions across social media. (Personally, while it's a bit unremarkable, I don't see anything bad in the footage.) It's important to remember that, with the film's release more than three months away, animation is likely incomplete. The Disney subreddit dunked on the Genie, for the most part, and Twitter was making jokes as soon as the trailer ended. There's an assumption that a live-action remake is somehow an "upgrade", and that an animated film is somehow less-than.

Were you looking forward to the live-action remake of Aladdin?

Aladdin is scheduled to open in New Zealand cinemas on May 23. Jafar can even be seen ushering Aladdin to the Cave of the Wonders.

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Following fans' fears he would not be blue following the release of an Entertainment Weekly cover released a year ago, the trailer also confirms film-makers have stayed true to the 1992 animated version of the Genie.

The new live-action version will be directed by Guy Ritchie.

Don't worry, we know from other preview images that Smith doesn't spend the entire movie in blue makeup. Regardless, we'll see if Aladdin can win over doubters when the film hits theaters on May 24th, 2019.

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