Heads up, Disney fans! We’ve got some news about the live-action remake of “Aladdin”.
It was reported that Will Smith is currently in early negotiations with the studio to play the genie, who was originally voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated movie.
The 1992 “Aladdin” follows a street rat named Aladdin who frees a genie from a lamp. The genie offers to grant him 3 wishes. However, he soon finds that the evil sorcerer Jafar has other plans for the lamp – and for Princess Jasmine. The movie received 2 Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song for “A Whole New World”.
The upcoming live-action musical will be directed by Guy Ritchie (of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” fame) with a script by John August. We think that the role would fit well with Smith. Just in case you forgot, the “Suicide Squad” actor was known for his musical prowess as rapper in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. According to IGN, Smith was also in talks to star in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo remake before the deal fell through over salary and scheduling issues.
Although the release date has not yet been set, filming is expected to take place from July 2017 to January 2018. Dan Lin will serve as producer while Jonathan Eirich will executive produce.
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