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The first stills from Disney's live-action remake of the 1992 animated film Aladdin were released by Entertainment Weekly and honestly, I'm speechless — and not in a good way. Reboot culture is really doing a number on all of us.

Disney previously unveiled the teaser trailer for the remake and it looked pretty magical. But everyone's favorite character, Genie, was kept in the bottle. We've all been dying to see how Will Smith will bring the Genie's magic to life. After all, he's got pretty big shoes to fill (Robin Williams). And while there's no doubt Smith is a fantastic actor, these just-released photos have us worried. They look....spectacularly bad.

Smith told EW that the "flavor" of his Genie "would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete" with Williams' portrayal. And judging by this "first look," he's definitely in a different lane. In fact, he might be on a different road completely.

A Disney executive described Smith’s Genie as part Fresh Prince, part Hitch, which is one way to put it I guess. In the photos, he's wearing a beaded jacket, cuffs and other jewelry, with a long goatee and a metal-banded ponytail atop his otherwise bald head. It's definitely...a look.

Plus, Naomi Scott (Jasmine) looks gorgeous. Mena Massoud (Aladdin) isn't too bad either. 

Needless to say, people have lots of opinions about Smith's eccentric portrayal.

Most are not good ones either.

People are straight-up pissed off that he's not even blue.

Although, Smith himself claims that this is just one of his disguises and that he will, in fact, be blue in other forms. The film's director, Guy Ritchie, said the final version of Smith's Genie, in his blue lamp form, is not quite finished. He teased what he would look like in final form, though, 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." So, um, take that as you will.

Can we talk about this hair, though? Who signed off on this look?

Many people have compared him to Sinbad's genie from the "Shazaam" movie that existed, but never really existed. 

There are some good things about the remake so far, though, like the scenery. Those desert shots are absolutely breathtaking.

Aladdin hits theaters May 24. Let's hope it's not as awful as the Genie photos make it seem!

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