Fans Are Not Feeling Will Smith's Genie In The Aladdin Remake
Disney has been teasing us with live-action remakes recently. As if we weren’t already notorious for being a nostalgia-hungry generation, they’ve turned our childhood memories into modern, money-making juggernauts. And in their latest endeavour, Disney are seeking to remake Aladdin with Guy Ritchie directing.
A trailer was released back in October, showing Mena Massoud as Aladdin approaching the famous magical lamp that resides in the massive cave. And whilst it was reported that Will Smith was cast as Genie, he didn’t feature in the trailer. So naturally, fans were left speculating about the appearance of the beloved character and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, images have just been released showing Massoud, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Smith as The Genie.
Publishing a handful of new images from the live-acting remake along with a magazine cover featuring the trio all together, the imagery was beautiful as was the landscape. But that didn’t matter. Fans couldn’t get over Smith’s human form and the appearance that seemed to shatter childhood memories. Naturally, the responses on Twitter were mixed, but generally audiences were not feeling it.
According to EW, the effects aren’t finished on Smith’s blue floating form as The Genie, which explains why the film is being held back for now. Ritchie did tease that the Genie looks like a “muscular 1970s dad” in full glory. He went on to note that Smith’s iteration of the character is a bit more egotistical than Williams’ take and “cares about how he’s presented because he’s been doing this for a very long time.” Smith said he aimed to deliver a cross between an homage to Robin Williams’ Genie and the wise-cracking heroes he was known for playing back in the 1990s.
In the article, Smith also expressed how great a challenge it was to bring new life to a character masterfully played by the late, and much beloved, Robin Williams. “Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying. The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character. [Williams] infused the character with a timeless version of himself.
“I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
He also adds that he will be throwing in some Fresh Prince of Bel-Air flair to the role, saying, “I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavour in Disney history."