The original movie was a childhood favorite for a lot of people. The story of a kid going from having nothing to becoming the prince of a kingdom and befriending a magic genie along the way is one that we can all get behind.
But there have been a few bumps on the road to filming this movie. First, there was controversy surrounding the casting of the film. Fans wanted to make sure that Disney was casting actresses and actors of color and not just darkening the skin of white actors to look like Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.
But the latest issue for most fans is the movie’s trailer.
The trailer, which was released halfway through the Grammys on Sunday, showed Mena Massoud who plays Aladdin approaching a lion-shaped cave. Everything in the trailer looked like what you would expect from the world of Aladdin, except one thing. The g
The first look at Will Smith as the genie was positively scaring people. And they weren’t afraid to take to Twitter to show their dismay.
Most people had a very chilling reaction to how Smith looked
“Just saw the #Aladdin preview,” one person said. “Totally sold up until I saw the genie.”
“What do people think?” one user tweeted. “I, for one, think this is absolutely terrifying.”
Some people even compared the genie’s monstrous looks to Shrek’s.
“LOL Aladdin is shaping to be a spectacular film lol,” one user joked with an image of the genie as Shrek.
Actor Ian Hecox even weighed in suggesting that the whole thing was a joke.
“Either this is a super clever marketing troll by Disney, and this isn’t what the genie will actually look like for Aladdin or… I dunno,” he tweeted.
“Man, I just can’t believe this can possibly be the real thing. I just can’t.”
“Will Smith as the genie looks like what one of those kids from the 90’s Fruit Gushers commercials would look like if they never found a cure for their fruit curse,” another fan joked.
“Will Smith genie is what appears in my room when I have sleep paralysis,” one person tweeted.
“The blue genie ruined my evening,” another said.
The movie was announced in October of 2016 with Guy Ritchie signing on as the director. Will Smith was the first person cast in the film, taking on the role of the genie. Later in the month, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott both signed on as Aladdin and Jasmine. The film has been shot across England and in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan.
Filming on the project just wrapped up in January. The movie is set to be released on May 24th.
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