Gilbert Gottfried, the actor who played Iago in the original 1992 film as well as both of its sequels, apparently didn't receive a call about the part, and his fans are objecting loudly on Twitter. Gottfried himself has made no direct comments, but he retweeted a number of fans with comments such as "Is @RealGilbert the voice of Iago? Cuz if not, I'm not seeing it" and "Can a movie jump the shark before people have even seen it?"
In the original movies, Iago is an obnoxiously loud parrot who serves as sidekick to the villain Jafar. He has a distinctively grating voice, which is frequently used in comedic moments.
Tudyk has played a variety of supporting roles in recent popular animated features and shows, using different styles of voice acting for each character. The trailers for Aladdin have not yet shown Iago in a speaking role, so the way he'll approach this character has yet to be seen.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as The Sultan, Alan Tudyk as Iago, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders and Numan Acar as Hakim. The film arrives in theaters May 24.