Disney’s classic, Aladdin remake starring Will Smith as the good-old Genie, Mena Massoud as the nominal street urchin of Agrabah and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine is finally out. The first look shows the three stars on the cover of Entertainment’s Weekly First Look issue in their Aladdin attire, with Smith donning a goatee, ponytail, and a singular earring. Having starred in action flicks such as Men in Black, Bad Boys sequel, Will Smith stated that his role as the ‘genie stuck in a lamp’ had been 'terrifying'. Smith also stated that the iconic genie role which had been played by Robin Williams in 1992 was challenging. He, however, was also confident that he could give the Genie his own flair by tapping into past roles. “I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world,” Smith says. “There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history.”
Check out the first look of Aladdin here:
We can show you the world... of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue: https://t.co/Kwkcdfen5v pic.twitter.com/7NbyiRRcLH— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018
Director Guy Richie says that for Smith’s genie role, he wanted him to have an imposing, but not overly buff appearance. “I wanted a muscular 1970s dad,” he says. “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.
Will Smith also took to Facebook to share his first, away-from-the-usual role as the genie” Sharing the picture, Will Smith wrote, “BAM!! First look at the Genie, Princess Jasmine, and Aladdin! Check Me Rockin’ the Top Knot Ponytail Vibes in Entertainment Weekly 😆 (and yes, I’m gonna be BLUE! This is how the Genie is in Human / Disguise Form. My character will be CGI most of the movie.)”
The first looks have divided some fans, with many criticizing Smith and Massoud’s appearance. This has yet again spark memes outbursts all over Twitter.
Check out some of the memes here:
What could Will Smith possibly have done to deserve this? Jada is gonna have to do a whole episode of “Read Table Talk” about this hair piece. pic.twitter.com/wMm5fysIg0— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) December 19, 2018
Jasmine is going to pick Aladdin over Jafar? pic.twitter.com/Vqipkze1tf— Janelle Belgrave L.Ac (@JSoAbove) December 19, 2018