Will Smith May Star As Genie In Disney’s “Aladdin”
Will Smith may be taking his talents to Disney. The 48-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to play the genie role made famous by the late Robin Williams in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” from Guy Ritchie. According to a report,
The adaptation of the animated feature follows the studio’s strategy of bringing its classic animated titles to life and so far it has been a goldmine, most recently with Beauty and the Beast which has already grossed over $1B worldwide. Smith had previously been in talks with Tim Burton about Dumbo but that did not materialize and we’re told these talks are also early.
“Aladdin” will be a live-action musical. The production is gearing up for a six-month shoot and is supposed to start in the U.K. in July and wrap early next year. The first “Aladdin”, in its animated form, grossed an impressive $504M for Disney 25 years ago.