It sounds like Disney is really itching to bring Will Smith aboard one of the upcoming live action remakes of their classic animated movies. Late last year, it was reported that he was being eyed to play the lead in the new Dumbo movie, but that didn’t end up working out. Not to be deterred, now the studio is hoping they can recruit him onto the Aladdin remake to play the role that belonged to Robin Williams in the 1992 animated original: Genie.
Will Smith is in early talks to play the Genie in this new Aladdin movie. Smith is the first actor to be rumored for this re-telling, and according to Deadline, the production is expected to begin in the United Kingdom this July and stretch into early next year, so that’s why his name is popping up so early. However, keep in mind that there’s emphasis on the early, so we’ll have to wait over the coming weeks to find out whether or not the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will sign on the dotted line and get his magic on in Agrabah.