Peacock has released the trailer for Genie, the new Christmas comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Paapa Essiedu. The movie is directed by Sam Boyd, and written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral).
“After millennia of being summoned to grant wishes of gold doubloons and hot babes for greedy men, Flora is accidentally called to service by Bernard Bottle (Essiedu), whose life is unraveling around him,” the synopsis reads. “Bernard’s been so busy working that he has lost sight of his marriage to his wife Julie (Denée Benton) and the childhood of his young daughter, Eve (Jordyn Mcintosh). When Bernard misses Eve’s birthday 12 days before Christmas because of work, Julie decides it’s time for a trial separation. And then Bernard’s tyrannical boss (Alan Cumming) fires him. Alone in his New York City apartment, a despondent Bernard dusts off a jewelry box he finds in their home and unintentionally releases the one entity who just might be able to help him get his family back. Maybe. Possibly. It’s a longshot, frankly. But in the process, Flora and Bernard will discover that love, and an unexpected friendship, can unleash a special holiday magic all its own.”