Will Smith might end up working his magic for Disney after all. Disney’s live-action adaptation of ALADDIN is set to be directed by Guy Ritchie (KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD) and
production is beginning to gear up for a July start, which means that we’ll be hearing much more about casting in the coming weeks, but most people have been wondering who Ritchie will choose as the Genie.
It will certainly be tough for anyone to follow in the footsteps of Robin Williams, but apparently Will Smith may be the man for the job.
Having recently flirted with but never committed to starring in the studio’s live-action Dumbo movie, Smith is now in early talks to play the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin re-imagining, EW has confirmed.
As Genie, Smith would follow in the footsteps of the late Robin Williams, whose freewheeling, side-splitting performance in the original 1992 animated film helped propel it to box office success and critical acclaim.
Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) is directing the new Aladdin movie, working from a script by John August (Big Fish). The project comes amid a wave of beloved Disney toons being remade as live-action movies.