It’s a tall order, but can Will Smith pull it off?
Smith is being eyed for a pretty iconic role: the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin. The role, made famous by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version, would be a change of pace for Will, who has been heading more dramatic films as of late.
According to Deadline, the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, will be a musical and is supposed to start filming in the U.K. in July and wrap early next year. Talks to add Big Willie are early, but he’s definitely a frontrunner. Apparently, Will was also in talks with Tim Burton about Dumbo but that did not materialize.
We think the former Fresh Prince could kill it as Genie … but who would you pick to play Aladdin and Jasmine? Hmmm…