The Genie from Aladdin quickly became one of the most beloved characters in the studio's already impressive roster when Robin Williams voiced the character for the 1992 animated film. With Guy Ritchie's upcoming live-action adaptation of the film, anyone taking on the role would surely face massive amounts of pressure from fans, with the production ultimately casting Will Smith, who had a massive following.
In addition to the mere existence of the character in a new film, Genie's on-screen activities in the animated adventure allowed for him to truly become larger than life, leading fans to speculate about how the cartoon would translate into a real human.
The first look at Smith's Genie has inspired a number of reactions online, with many fans being apprehensive about this new approach to the character, given how different he looks from what we were expecting.
Scroll down to see what fans are saying about Will Smith in Aladdin, which hits theaters on May 24, 2019.
Will Smith: Hey Twitter, Take a look at these shots of me as Aladdin my new film.
All of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/lS1HeQl2Mr— ?I'm your finder. (@hllwy) December 19, 2018
Wow, the Genie in the live-action Aladdin looks amazing! pic.twitter.com/ZrY6V9RIYA— Mi-COAL Ruocco (@AGuyWhoDraws) December 19, 2018
Now, this is a story all about how— Igor Pontes ポンテス (@pontes_igor) December 19, 2018
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the genie of a town called Agrabah pic.twitter.com/WZizYN4t3n