Aladdin: Will Smith In Talks To Play The Genie For Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation

Deadline is exclusively reporting that Will Smith is in talks with Disney to take on the role of The Genie in their live-action adaptation of Aladdin from Guy Ritchie.


The 1992 animated film had us following Aladdin, a street rat who lives in a large and busy town known as Agrabah alongside his loyal monkey friend Abu. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city and  accept a suitor for marriage, she sneaks out to the town where she coincidentally meets Aladdin. Soon enough, the sultan’s advisor Jafar, has Aladdin following him to aid him unknowingly to recover a mysterious lamp from the Cave of Wonders that introduces us to the Genie.


The live-action adaptation will still be a musical, with production pencilled in for a July start in the UK and wrap up in early 2018. Will Smith was previously in talks with Tim Burton to star in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Dumbo but it never materialised. The report states that the discussions with Smith to play the Genie role is in the early stages process. The script has been written by John August, with Dan Lin of Lin Pictures serving as a producer and Jonathan Eirich of Lin Pictures serving as an executive producer.


There is no cinematic release date as of yet for Aladdin.


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