'Aladdin' trailer draws new outrage from Disney fans
In 2016, when Disney first revealed its plans to do a live action retelling of the fan-favorite film "Aladdin," the announcement was met with much criticism due to Robin Williams' passing in 2014. Many fans believed that no actor could portray the iconic Genie as well as Williams did in 1992, but many still held onto hopes that Disney's choice of Will Smith could somehow pull off a performance worthy, in the fan's eyes, of Williams' irreplaceable one.
Smith, most famous for his role in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," a show most popular with kids growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, was first shown as the Genie on the front cover of "Entertainment" magazine along with Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as their roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, respectively.
This introduction of Smith as the Genie was met with skepticism, as it disappointed fans that he lacked the classic blueish-purple pigment of William's genie.
Smith went on to post the magazine cover to his Instagram with the caption, "BAM!! First look at the Genie, Princess Jasmine, and #Aladdin! Check Me Rockin' the Top Knot Ponytail Vibes in @entertainmentweekly (and yes, I'm gonna be BLUE! :-) This is how the Genie is in Human/ Disguise Form. My character will be CGI most of the movie.)"
A few months later, Disney released its first trailer showing off Smith in full Genie action, which was again met with criticism due to the CGI that was used. Smith posted the trailer to Instagram the same day with the caption, "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!! Yall need to trust me more often!"
Naturally, the Twitter community was quick to jump on the issue with one user writing, " The genie should have looked like THE GENIE!!!! Not Will Smith as a blueberry!!!"
Check out the trailer for "Aladdin" below: