You wanted a blue Genie, you got a blue Genie.
Back in December, the first look at Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin film graced EW’s cover, but many fans were confused and angered by Smith’s very human appearance. The actor assured people that he would indeed be in blue like the original animated Genie. And now we’ve got our first look at that version of the character, courtesy of the new trailer.
The brief video, which aired during the Grammys, saves the Genie reveal for last, with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) rubbing the lamp and unleashing the figure, whom he apparently has no idea about. “You really don’t know who I am?” asks Genie. “Genie? Wishes? Lamp? None of that ringing a bell?”
Smith shared the trailer on Instagram, writing, “I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!! Y’all need to trust me more often!”
“I got to do everything I know how to do in this movie,” Smith previously told EW. “I got to act and it was comedy and beautiful dramatic scenes, I got to sing, I got to rap, I got to dance, I got to do action sequences — it was everything that I’ve trained and learned how to do over the last 30 years of entertainment and I got to it use all in playing the Genie.”
Aladdin opens in theaters on May 24.