Earlier this week the first look at the blue version of Will Smith’s Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin arrived. However, the 50-year-old’s incarnation of the classic character received a mixed reaction from fans. Certainly, the character is something of a hallowed ground among fans due to Robin Williams’ iconic take on the Genie in the animated original. Tragically the comic died by suicide in 2014, so he will never have had the opportunity to at least consider returning to the role in the remake.
After all, The Lion King’s Mufasa star James Earl Jones is reprising his role in the live-action remake this year, presumably because who else could take on such a role in his place?
Paying tribute to Williams, BossLogic has created some impressive fan art of what the late star would have looked like as the live-action Genie.
His Genie is shown crying tears of laughter and pointing at Aladdin.
Last year Smith spoke out on the challenge of following in Williams’ footsteps.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Smith 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.
“[He] infused the character with a timeless version of himself.
“I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was a homage to Robin Williams but was musically different.”
Smith continued: “Just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
The actor said he’s based his Genie on an amalgamation of his characters from his 1990s catalogue ala Independence Day, Bad Boys and, of course, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
He added: “I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world.
“There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavour in Disney history.”