Aladdin Fans Change Their Minds on Will Smith's Genie After Seeing New Trailer: 'I Got Chills'
Aladdin fans have taken a new liking to Will Smith's Genie despite early hesitation.
The 50-year-old star was seen in all his magical glory in the first full-length trailer for the film on Tuesday and plenty of fans are now excited about his portrayal as the granter of wishes.
“My opinion of this movie has changed COMPLETELY,” wrote on Twitter user. “I wanna watch this now.”
Another fan wrote, “Just as I expected, the full trailer for ALADDIN looks much better than the short clip that everyone was s—— on a few weeks ago…Even the Genie looks a lot better when you see more than 3 seconds of him.”
“I TOLD YOU GUYS DISNEY WAS GONNA SHOWCASE THE MUSIC! And guess what?! THIS IS AN ACTUAL GOOD TRAILER!” a different person tweeted. “Genie looks a lot better, the effects look nice, and the singing ain’t too shabby!”
“This was a way better trailer, little more sold on Will Smith as the genie now,” another user tweeted.
The trailer for Aladdin gives a longer look at Smith as the Genie, making it clear that he’s just as funny and mischievous as the original voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. Fans even get to hear part of Genie’s signature song “Friend Like Me.”
For the remake, directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), the fictional city of Agrabah will be created from global influences, including the Middle East, India and even China. Not only will the 1992 animated movie be a major influence, but the screenplay will go back to the classic Arabic folktales of One Thousand And One Nights.
Disney’s Aladdin flies into theaters on May 24.