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First ‘Aladdin’ TV Spot Reveals Will Smith as Genie

First ‘Aladdin’ TV Spot Reveals Will Smith as Genie

Remember when Disney released photos of their live-action "Aladdin" remake with actor Will Smith as a Genie, and fans hated that he wasn't blue? Mena Massoud stars as the street-rat-with-a-heart-of-gold Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as the attractive and determined Princess Jasmine.

The new Aladdin teaser that debuted during the Grammys had our first look at Will Smith as the blue Genie, a.k.a. the Genie with abs, a.k.a. the Genie Who F*cks.

There might be some aesthetic similarities between Williams and Will Smith 's take on the character, but that's where the comparisons end.

"I told y'all I was gon' be Blue", Will Smith wrote in a caption attached to the teaser on his Instagram.

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In the EW article, Ritchie described Smith's transformed look as "a muscular 1970s dad".

Sure, the brand-new trailer gives us some sneak peeks at the chemistry between Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, the newbies that are bringing everyone's favorite carpet-flying couple, Aladdin and Jasmine, to life, and a better look at the Cave of Wonders. And I say this as someone who's been an ardent defender of Ritchie's last couple of fun-filled blockbusters.

A tantalizing glimpse of the "Prince Ali" sequence also flashes by, boasting sumptuous colors as the pretend prince rides his monkey Apu - now an elephant via the Genie - as they stomp through Agrabah en route to try and woo the Sultan's daughter, to the catchiest tune in all of Disney's extensive catalog. I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world.

"Aladdin" hits theatres on May 24.


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