Will Smith to play the Genie in live-action Aladdin remake?



by Hannah Mellin |
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Remaking any Disney classic is extremely dangerous territory and it takes a brave director to even take on the challenge. Will it EVER be as good as the original? Probs no. Will the casting decisions be the right ones? It's tricky to say.

And despite the recent Beauty and the Beast remake being the best film we've seen in forever, many Disney fans were not keen about the idea of an Aladdin remake (easily the best Disney film of all-time), directed by Guy Richie. Mainly because the late Robin Williams was such an integral character in the original film. We mean, how could you possibly replace the Genie?

However, there is one person who could be deemed 'good enough' to take on the role of the Genie and who has apparently been in talks for the live-action movie; bloody WILL SMITH.

Yep. Guy Richie is currently seeking lead actors to play Aladdin and The Genie and Will is rumoured to be high up on his wish list (lol).


Guy recently told Vulture: "My stories are really about street hustlers. That's what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good."

And according to Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith has got some time in his busy schedule to grab the role with both hands.

"Smith was previously in talks with Tim Burton about the live-action Dumbo movie, but a deal never materialized due to scheduling.

Smith had been trying to juggle that project and Bad Boys 3, but with Bad Boys 3now off the table, temporarily due to a loss of a director, Smith may have more wiggle room in that department. Smith remains a high-salary player so a deal is far from a sure thing."

And thankfully, the internet seems to be pretty pleased with the idea. Wahooooo.

What dya make of that then folks?


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