Will Smith's Genie in 'Aladdin' is unveiled — and the internet is freaking out over why he's not blue

We are finally getting a look at Will Smith‘s Genie in Aladdin.

The actor and his co-stars Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud appear in character on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. While Smith was kept in a bottle for the first teaser trailer for the Walt Disney live-action remake, which comes out May 24, he’s out and in his genie regalia. Smith wears a beaded jacket, cuffs and other jewelry, but what stands out the most, at first look, is his hair. In addition to a long goatee, he has a ponytail atop his otherwise bald noggin with a metal band around it.

That isn’t the only thing people are taking note of. As the first wave of internet reactions roll in, many are freaking out that Smith isn’t, ya know, blue.

Will Smith’s Genie is seen for the first time on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. But don’t fret, folks — the character will also be blue in the film, but the floating lamp form version hasn’t been finished, per director Guy Ritchie. (Photo: EW)

To the point where he was even given a blue makeover.

However, director Guy Ritchie explained to EW that the final version of Smith in his blue floating lamp form isn’t done yet. So, yes, he will be blue. Ritchie teased what Smith will look like in that form, saying, “I wanted a muscular 1970s dad. He was big enough to feel like a force — not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room.”

The magazine reports that Smith tapped into his 1990s roles (Independence Day, Bad Boys and, yes, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) to inspire his Genie. One Disney exec told EW that Will’s Genie is part Fresh Prince and part Hitch. For his part, Smith said, “I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history.”

See, Smith promised he’d be blue:

People have strong feelings about Smith’s Genie hair as well after the EW reveal.

Others are just trying to keep people in check. After all, Smith is playing a genie, folks.

In the EW article, Smith also talked about this Genie, who will obviously be compared with Robin Williams’s unforgettable version in the 1992 animated version of the film.

“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” Smith said. “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.”

However, if Williams “infused the character with a timeless version of himself,” Smith said, then he wanted to do the same thing. “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different,” he says. “Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”

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US actor Will Smith (R) and his son Trey visit the pit lane during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 25, 2018, in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUCA BRUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Will Smith (L) and his son Trey visit the pit lane during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 25, 2018, in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUCA BRUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Trey Smith, Jaden Smith and Will Smith attend the Opening Of The Louis Vuitton Boutique as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Trey Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith attend the 26th annual EMA Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 22, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actors Trey Smith (L) and Will Smith attend the Environmental Media Association 26th Annual EMA Awards Presented By Toyota, Lexus And Calvert at Warner Bros. Studios on October 22, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association )
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Actors Trey Smith and Jaden Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Willow Smith and actor Will Smith attend the Environmental Media Association 26th Annual EMA Awards Presented By Toyota, Lexus And Calvert at Warner Bros. Studios on October 22, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association )
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith attend VH1's 'Dear Mama' Taping at St. Bartholomew's Church on May 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Trey Smith, honoree Will Smith and actor Jaden Smith attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Will Smith and Trey Smith arrives at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Actors Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tre Smith in the press room during the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: Will Smith and Tre Smith pose in the press room during the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Actor/recording artist Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith attend the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Trey 'DJ AcE' Smith and actor Will Smith attend DJ AcE's birthday celebration Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms Casino Resort on November 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: (L-R) (L-R) Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith attend the 'After Earth' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: (L-R) Actors Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith attend the 'After Earth' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on May 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Actor Will Smith and Trey Smith aka DJ AcE attend Vanity Fair and LOréal Paris-hosted D.J. Night with Freida Pinto in support of 10 x 10 and 'Girl Rising' at Teddys at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for VF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Trey Smith aka DJ AcE and actor Will Smith attend Vanity Fair and LOréal Paris-hosted D.J. Night with Freida Pinto in support of 10 x 10 and 'Girl Rising' at Teddys at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for VF)
Actress Jada Pinkett, actor Will Smith and son Trey Smith attend the 'Independence Day' Westwood Premiere on June 25, 1996 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, actor Will Smith and son Trey Smith attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 20, 2002 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, son Jaden Smith, Will's son Trey Smith, Will Smith's nephew and Jada's mom Adrienne Banfield attend 'The Kingdom Come' Beverly Hills Premiere on April 5, 2001 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Will Smith and son Trey Smith attend the 'Men in Black' Hollywood Premiere on June 25, 1997 at Pacific's Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, son Jaden Smith, Will's son Trey Smith and Will's nephew attend the 'Wild Wild West' Westwood Premiere on June 28, 1999 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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