Will Smith revealed as blue Genie in 'Aladdin'


But the best bit comes right at the end as Aladdin, with Apu and a pixel-perfect CGI Magic Carpet right behind, rubs the magic lamp for the first time, unveiling the big handsome blue Smith.

Disney unveiled the latest trailer for its live action Aladdin remake during Sunday night's Grammy Awards, revealing for the first time Will Smith as the azure-skinned djinn. The photo caused a bit of a stir, forcing Smith to assure fans he would be blue in the film.

Sure, the brand-new trailer gives us some sneak peeks at the chemistry between Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, the newbies that are bringing everyone's favorite carpet-flying couple, Aladdin and Jasmine, to life, and a better look at the Cave of Wonders.

There's either too much CGI or too little CGI used on Will Smith here, and the ultimate effect is something right out of the uncanny valley. And I say this as someone who's been an ardent defender of Ritchie's last couple of fun-filled blockbusters.

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Smith, who announced in October that he'd be playing the live-action version of Robin Williams' iconic Disney role, was transformed in a brief commercial for the movie during the show. Smith posted on Instagram after the ad aired.

One Disney exec told EW that Will's Genie is part Fresh Prince and part Hitch.

Aladdin hits theaters May 24.