Following the reveal of Will Smith’s Blue Genie from Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic Aladdin, fans took things to the next level and transformed him into a live-action version of Shrek.
Disney surprised fans last night with a special look that finally revealed Will Smith as the iconic blue Genie, voiced by Robin Williams in the original film. The reaction online criticized Will Smith’s look for being rather unsettling, with the muscular character design being described as unsettling, nightmarish, and even something out of a bad acid trip. But some fans felt that Will Smith not only looked like a blue version of Shrek, but also moved like the animated Ogre from Dreamworks as well.
After the response to Will Smith’s Genie in Aladdin went viral, it was only a matter of time before fans took out their frustration on Will Smith’s Shrek like Genie and went the extra mile to reimagine the live-action Disney design a little closer to the Dreamworks fairy tale. Check it out below!
in light of his success as genie in the live action adaption of aladdin, will smith has secured the role of shrek in the new live action remake too! pic.twitter.com/KQ1hljKShY
— zak (@suicidepxct) February 11, 2019
Guy Ritchie has directed the film from a script written by John August and Game of Thrones writer Vanessa Taylor. August and Ritchie are also producing the film with Dan Lin. Marc Platt and Chris Montan are consulting for the project with Jonathan Eirich serving as executive producer.
The cast features Mena Massoud who stars in the titular role of Aladdin, as well as Will Smith as the Genie, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Numan Acar as Hakim, the head of the guards and Jafar’s right-hand man, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. In addition, the live-action remake features new characters made just for the film played by Billy Magnussen and former Saturday Night Live comedienne Nasim Pedrad.
The film is currently slated to hit theaters May 24, 2019.