Will Smith in Talks to Play Genie in Live-Action 'Aladdin'


It's still in the very early stages of pre-production at the moment, but Deadline is reporting that actor Will Smith is now "in talks" to play the role of Genie.

The story Will Smith in talks to play Genie in Disney's Aladdin remake first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald. The role was made famous by late comedian Robin Williams in the studio's 1992 animated film. For the few of you who may not know, Jaden and Willow Smith's dad was quite the accomplished rapper prior to bursting onto the acting scene in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the early "90s".

It probably goes without saying that Smith will have some incredibly big shoes to fill if he officially signs on.

Though he recently pulled out of voicing Dumbo in Disney's live-action film of the same name, it looks like Will Smith isn't closing the door on the magic kingdom just yet.

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British filmmaker Guy Ritchie is lined up to direct the musical.

Aladdin joins other live-action adaptation musicals, including the most recent, Beauty and the Beast, which has grossed $1 billion worldwide.

The classic tale follows a boy who is granted three wishes by a Genie living in a lamp. Fans would without a doubt love to hear the actor's rendition of Genie's big song, "Friend Like Me".

If Will agrees to appear in Aladdin, he will have to commit to a six month shoot which is set to begin in the United Kingdom in July.