This legendary and recently, Oscar-nominated actor has made us very happy with this news!
So apparently, *drumrolls* Will Smith is in talks to play the role of ‘Genie’ in live-actor ‘Aladdin’. Yayy!!! the actor, last seen in the critically acclaimed fantasy Collateral Beauty, could be following in the footsteps of Robin Williams with the comic role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation.
Smith was in negotiations to take on a role in Tim Burton’s Dumbo but the deal failed to work out. Ritchie’s Aladdin will start shooting this summer in the UK and Disney is reportedly seeking unknown actors for the lead roles and there will be no whitewashing with producer Dan Lin suggesting the film will have a “diverse” cast.
According to Sean Bailey, head of motion picture production at Disney, the film will be a “highly energized” musical. This year has already seen the studio celebrating global success for Beauty and the Beast, with the film earning over 1 Billion dollars worldwide.
As well as Dumbo and Aladdin, the studio also has plans to remake Mulan, Peter Pan, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas.
iKarmik says, this news has seriously made us very happy! Watching Will Smith in that blue-body, comic-character is definitely going to be superfun. Disney, please make this happen soon!