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New Original Film Genie Coming to Peacock, Watch the Trailer Now

The fairytale comedy film starring Melissa McCarthy streams on Peacock Nov 22. See first-look images and the official trailer.

By Henry Block

We thought we were excited for the holiday season before, but now we can’t wait. Peacock has just announced that a Christmas Time comedy movie written by the screenwriter of Love Actually and starring Melissa McCarthy is set to premiere on Nov 22! Peacock is also sharing the movie’s first official trailer and first-look images.  

Everything we know about Genie

Genie tells the story of Bernard (Emmy nominee Paapa Essiedu; I May Destroy You), a man whose life is falling apart, who forges a friendship with a genie named Flora (Oscar nominee Melissa Mccarthy) that is more than he could ever wish for.  

Consumed by work, Bernard loses his connection with his wife Julie and their daughter Eve. When he misses Eve's birthday and gets fired by his boss, Julie calls for a trial separation. Alone in his New York City apartment, Bernard stumbles upon a mysterious jewelry box that has entrapped Flora the genie for a long 2,000 years. Flora is used to granting wishes of gold doubloons and hot babes to the greedy men who’ve found her jewelry box over the years, but Bernard is different. Flora might be Bernard's last hope of getting his family back, but even with her magic, it’s a long shot. In the process, Flora and Bernard discover that love, and an unexpected friendship, can unleash a special holiday magic all its own. 

Who’s involved?

From Working Title, the Oscar-nominated producers of The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour, Love Actually, and About a Boy, Genie is directed by Sam Boyd (creator of the acclaimed series Love Life) and written by Richard Curtis. The all-star supporting cast includes Marc Maron (GLOW), Luis Guzmán (Hightown), Tate Ellington (The Brave), Tony winner LaChanze (Broadway’s The Color Purple), and stars Melissa McCarthy and Paapa Essiedu. 

See the first-look images below 

Melissa McCarthy in Genie
Paapa Essiedu (L) and Melissa McCarthy (R) in Genie.

Stream Genie on Peacock on Nov 22.