WEB EXTRA: New Aladdin Trailer

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He kind of looks like your dad dressed up for a Halloween party as Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen or, well, like someone just painted Will Smith blue. Smith, as Genie, asks.

"Y'all need to trust me more often", Smith added.

In early February, Aladdin producer Dan Lin assured fans the film featured a "big blue Genie". Will Smith's face looks like it was photoshopped onto the body of an Avatar.

Another tweeted: "Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin is sooooo weird wtf".

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"I'm open to Will Smith as Genie", Wasp Sting wrote on YouTube.

While another claimed the Genie would give her "nightmares". "Numerous fans were unhappy with Will Smith, who like Ritchie is not seeing sunny days in his career right now, stepping into Williams" shoes. The Disney subreddit dunked on the Genie, for the most part, and Twitter was making jokes as soon as the trailer ended. Maybe, then, the better, tougher question is, is there a reason why Will Smith's Genie should exist? There's an assumption that a live-action remake is somehow an "upgrade", and that an animated film is somehow less-than.

Despite striking visuals and confirmation of the return of some fan-favorite characters, the trailer was met with mixed reception on social media.

One fan said: "I'm so excited for the live action Aladdin, like I might just cry lmfao". Jafar can even be seen ushering Aladdin to the Cave of the Wonders.

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In the past few years, a ton of classic Disney movies have been remade.

Painted blue, Will takes over this beloved character from the late Robin Williams, who became synonymous with Genie and won a Golden Globe Award for the role.

Will Smith is pictured in the new sneak peek painted entirely blue, with a shaved head, goatee and gold jewellery.

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