Will Smith May Play This Iconic Disney Character in a Live-Action Remake
While fans were crushed when Will Smith decided against pursuing an upcoming re-imagining of Disney's Dumbo, new reports suggest that the actor could now be taking on an iconic role in another one of the entertainment giant's live-action remakes.
An exclusive report from Deadline reveals that the Suicide Squad star is in talks to play the beloved role of Genie in an updated live-action version of the 1992 classic film Aladdin.
Now, Smith would have some seriously big shoes to fill—after all, the late Robin Williams's portrayal of Aladdin's comical blue sidekick took him beyond a household name with his effusive humor and charisma—but something tells us that the Collateral Beauty actor would hold his own and even breath new life into the character.
Like the 2017 smash box office hit Beauty and the Beast, Disney's re-telling of Aladdin and Jasmine's story is also slated to be a musical (as is the Broadway show), and we're confident that the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star would have the vocals—plus the requisite charm and funny skills—down.
While no release date has yet been set for the live-action remake, Guy Ritchie is reportedly directing the retelling.