April 19, 2017


Will Smith in Talks to Play Genie in Live-Action 'Aladdin' Remake

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Vera Anderson/WireImage

The live-action Aladdin remake just got even more exciting thanks to the possible addition of Will Smith! The actor is now in early talks with Disney to play Genie, the iconic role that was voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic.

If the deal becomes official, Smith will be the first major role announced for the upcoming remake, which Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes) is set to direct. Prior to this, the actor was being eyed to star in Tim Burton's Dumbo remake. The idea was later shelved due to scheduling conflicts. According to The Hollywood Reporter John August, who penned the reboots of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie's Angels reboots, is behind the script.

Jonathan Eirich (Death Note) is also on board as the executive producer. And don't fear Disney fans, the reboot will keep many of the musical elements from the original! It appears to be unrelated to last year's live-action prequel Genies that Disney tossed, since Robin Williams restricted use of his image for 25 years after his death in his will. 

As of now, there is no set premiere date for Ritchie's Aladdin. But while we wait, keep the nostalgia fun going with the latest episode of Fuse's Besterday podcast below: