Will Smith is a buff, blue Genie in new 'Aladdin' teaser


While some people took to Twitter in awe of Smith's look as the Genie, others felt a bit less positive about the casting.

During Sunday's Grammy Awards, Disney unveiled a new TV teaser for the live-action remake of its classic cartoon, offering a first look at Smith in action as Genie, the role brought to life in the 1992 original by the late Robin Williams. Smith's Genie says to Aladdin.

But let's be real: it's Will Smith that steals the spotlight in the trailer, showing up at the very end and making quite the impression. "Genie, wishes lamp... none of that ringing a bell?"

The 50-year-old actor appeared in his Genie costume - which was published on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in December - but this time, entirely blue, seemingly with some CGI effects.

Smith posted the trailer to his Instagram, writing, "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!"

There's plenty more goosebump-inducing moments in the one minute clip, including the "do you trust me?" meeting of hands before Aladdin and Jasmine go over sideways and under on their Whole New World magic carpet ride.

The trailer, which you can see below, shows the character Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) leading Aladdin (Mena Massoud) to the Cave of the Wonders.