Will Smith is in talks to play the role of the Genie in a planned live-action version of Disney’s “Aladdin,” according to Variety.
No release date is currently set for the film, but Guy Ritchie is set to direct the remake of the 1992 classic. That film was the highest grossing movie of 1992. Robin Williams famously brought the Genie to life in one of the most iconic vocal performances of an animated character. Smith was originally up for a villainous role in the live-action “Dumbo,” but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, as reported by Deadline.
After becoming a superstar on TV with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Smith made the jump to feature films. At one point, he was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Over the last several years, has chosen more dramatic projects. His recent filmography includes “Focus,” “Concussion,” and “Collateral Beauty.” He did, however, return to action as Deadshot in last year’s maligned “Suicide Squad.” He will star later this year in the fantasy film “Bright.”
While Smith has not officially signed on to the Aladdin remake, the project is fully in development. Producers issued an open casting call for of Aladdin and Jasmine. The plan is to cast newcomers in those roles.
In addition to Guy Ritchie, the only other person already attached to the project is writer John August. August wrote the scripts for “Frankenweenie,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Big Fish.”