Will Smith Gives Fans A First Glimpse Of The Live Action ‘Aladdin’

While fans are used to the larger-than-life blue Genie, they were somewhat disappointed to see the image of Smith in character, definitely very un-blue. As reported by ET Online, Smith also featured a full goatee and a topknot in the image.

Smith shared the image to Instagram, captioning it, “BAM!! First look at the Genie, Princess Jasmine, and #Aladdin! Check Me Rockin’ the Top Knot Ponytail Vibes in @entertainmentweekly.”

He also made sure to reassure fans that they wouldn’t have to say goodbye to their Robin Williams version of the character, adding, “(and yes, I’m gonna be BLUE! ? )” to the end of the caption.

Smith recently opened up about his nerves at having to fill Williams’ vast shoes in taking on the role of the Genie.

“I was terrified doing the Genie after Robin Williams,” Smith admitted in November. “But I found a lane that pays homage. It is my own thing, you know? So I think people are going to love it.”

The remake of the popular 1992 animated film is being directed by Guy Ritchie, who also shared his vision of the Genie for the new movie, explaining he wanted him to have a “muscular 1970’s dad” look.

“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.”

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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! ? )

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Aside from the Genie, who seems to have taken center stage in the image on the cover, both Jasmine (played by Naomi Scott) and Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud) are also in costume. Scott stuns in a gorgeous aquamarine, gold, and nude, but wearing decidedly more clothing than the animated Jasmine did in 1992, with her midriff covered. Being the princess that she is, she is of course also wearing an ornate crown and other jewelry.

Scott has spoken on this “role of a lifetime,” saying that as a child “having a Disney princess that looked something like me, I think, was really powerful.”

And Massoud seems to have the original Aladdin’s look down pat in the image. Wearing a black and white striped collared shirt, a short-sleeved red vest, and a deep purple hat, as well as Aladdin’s signature cheeky grin, it seems that Disney would have been hard pressed to cast that role any better.

The leading man has also praised the film, and shared the joy he feels at being part of the project.

“I’m really proud to be in a film that represents so many visible and ethnically different cultures.”

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