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In the new trailer, Smith emerges from the famous lamp in an electric-blue tornado of smoke until we see him in all his glory: He's blue, all right, and bare-chested, with pointed ears and the Genie's signature beard and top knot.
"You really don't know who I am?" he asks an incredulous Aladdin. "Genie, wishes, lamp -- none of that ringing a bell?"
In December, everyone got a little bent out of shape when Entertainment Weekly's cover photo showed Smith as the Genie and he wasn't blue. Smith himself answered the haters on Instagram, posting in part: "LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!"
He wasn't kidding.
On Sunday, Smith took to Instagram, writing fans and haters: "I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!! Y’all need to trust me more often!"
"Aladdin," which is directed by Guy Ritchie, also stars Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. It hits theaters on May 24, 2019.
The original, animated "Aladdin" premiered in 1992 and famously starred the late Robin Williams in a virtuoso vocal performance as the Genie that earned him a Golden Globe. The movie has grossed $504 million worldwide.
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