During the Grammys last month, the world got a look at the blue-genie version of Will Smith, a role he’s taking over from the late hyperactive voice-acting star Robin Williams. People couldn’t stop making Twitter jokes about it all night. Today, Disney shared a new Aladdin trailer. It includes a welcome indication that Smith will not be blue for the entire movie, though he will apparently be doing that goatee-ponytail thing. But we are also going to face the ridiculous spectacle of Smith rapping in character as the genie — and doing it when he’s blue, to boot.
For a quick few tantalizing seconds in the trailer, we hear Smith doing a rap version of “Friend Like Me,” a song that Williams sang in the original 1992 Aladdin. It is not a song that, you would think, would lend itself to a rap interpretation. There’s a case to be made that Will Smith is the greatest children’s rapper of all time, from his ’80s Fresh Prince “Parents Just Don’t Understand” days to his ’90s “Men In Black” era. But this? This looks rough.
Aladdin is in theaters 5/24. If you have children, you will probably end up paying money to see it, and there is nothing you can do about that. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇