A few hours ago we brought you the first look of Will Smith as the Genie in the upcoming live-action remake of ‘Aladdin.’

Most people were up in arms about Genie’s lack of blueness as well as the fact he didn’t appear to be CGI’d.

In fact, most were in agreement that he looked like a Christmas panto villain or MC Hammer with a teacup on his head.

However, if you’ll have read the article, you’ll know that I said I’ll reserve judgement until I see the final version, and it seems I was correct to keep my hastiness in check, as Will Smith has responded to fans by confirming that the Genie will indeed be blue in the live-action remake.

Taking to his Instagram he wrote:

‘I’m gonna be BLUE 🙂 This is how the Genie is in Human/Disguise Form. My character will be CGI most of the movie.’


It probably was a bit of an over-reaction to be fair; if anyone can follow in Robin Williams’ footsteps its The Fresh Prince.

Speaking about the pressure of the role, Will said:

“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying. The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”

Director Guy Ritchie, who is helming the remake, added:

“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on.”

So there we have it guys: Genie will in fact be blue and mostly CGI’d.

Crisis averted.

Images via Entertainment Weekly/Twitter