Will Smith Rumoured To Play Genie In 'Aladdin' Live-Action Remake


There are certain movie roles that are so synonymous with a particular actor that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else playing them.

Vito Corleone of The Godfather for example, could only ever be played by Marlon Brando, and Johnny Depp could never be replaced as Captain Jack Sparrow.

I’m also going to throw another into that mix of irreplaceable roles, with Robin Williams’ hilarious portrayal of The Genie in Disney’s Aladdin being one of my favourite childhood characters and one that’s particularly hard to envisage being replicated.


But with director Guy Ritchie keen to press on with a live-action version of the original animation, Hollywood Reporter writer, Mia Galuppo, says that the potential replacement for the late Williams, who tragically died in 2014, may be none other than the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith.

She writes: “Smith was previously in talks with Tim Burton about the live-action Dumbo movie, but a deal never materialized due to scheduling.”

“Smith had been trying to juggle that project and Bad Boys 3, but with Bad Boys 3 now off the table, temporarily due to a loss of a director, Smith may have more wiggle room in that department. Smith remains a high-salary player so a deal is far from a sure thing.”

I suppose if anyone has the charisma and big personality to fill the boots of Williams it’s Will Smith – whose box office success in films such as I Am Legend and Hancock provides a huge incentive for any film company when it comes to casting for a role.

On hearing the news most people seem to be divided, with some pointing to Smith’s charm, whilst others remaining reserved until they see the final version.

It seems the jury’s still out on whether Smith will make a good Genie, but here’s hoping he does service to Williams’ original version.

What do you think about the potential casting? Let us know in the comments!

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