Will Smith's Genie in Disney's live-action Aladdin is "a little Fresh Prince, a little Hitch"

Our excitement for Guy Richie’s live-action take on Aladdin has been tempered somewhat, no thanks to rumours of whitewashing, but will Will Smith’s take on Genie change things?

Disney offered audiences their very first glimpse of Richie’s remake at CinemaCon yesterday (April 24), including footage of Will’s portrayal of the iconic Genie.

While we know that his Genie isn’t going to please everyone, Disney’s distribution executive Cathleen Taff did at least offer a reassuring insight into his character.

“To state the obvious, no-one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” she said, before going on to reveal just how different Smith’s Genie will be.

According to The Wrap, Cathleen described his performance as “a little Fresh Prince, a little Hitch and a whole lot of attitude,” which sounds like a good thing.

We think.

Disney’s updated Aladdin didn’t exactly have the smoothest of magic carpet rides during production but its latest live-action offering officially wrapped filming in January.

The updated version of the Disney classic is expected to fly into cinemas next year, and its lead star Mena Massoud was the one to confirm that its genie is now out of the bottle, so to speak.

“That’s a wrap on #Aladdin!” he told fans on Twitter. “It’s been an incredible journey and I can’t wait for you to see it summer 2019!”

Aladdin is expected to hit cinemas on May 24, 2019.

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