According to various reports, Will Smith is being sought to play the role of Genie in the planned Disney remake of their classic 1992 animated Aladdin movie. The Aladdin remake is being directed by Guy Ritchie for Walt Disney Studios and Smith is in line to play the role made famous by Robin Williams in the original. More on the Will Smith Aladdin news below.

Will Smith Aladdin
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The 1992 Aladdin movie was itself based on Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from One Thousand and One Nights and was brought to the screen by Disney legends John Musker and Ron Clements, who most recently directed Moana. The Guy Ritchie remake will cast unknowns in the two lead roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine but will need a big star for the part of the Genie, something that Will Smith obviously is.

Deadline reported first on the Will Smith Aladdin news, saying that the actor is officially ‘in negotiations’ for the huge part. A decision will be needed very soon as the same report says that filming is set to start this June in the Uk and continue to the end of the year. John August is writing the screenplay for the film, which is expected to include all of the iconic tracks, including ‘Friend Like Me’ and ‘A Whole New World’ from the 1992 movie (and the musical which followed more recently).

1992’s Aladdin was the biggest film of 1992, scoring a massive $217 million domestically and $504 million around the world. It was nominated for many Oscars and won two Academy Awards, Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for A Whole New World. Legendary animator Chuck Jones called Aladdin, “the funniest feature ever made.”

We’ll bring you more on the Aladdin remake as it comes our way.