Famous actor and rapper Will Smith is reportedly in early talks to play the role of the Genie in an upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, from director Guy Ritchie. The role of Aladdin’s companion living inside a magic lamp was passed into legend by the late Robin Williams, who sadly passed away back in 2014. This new remake might be Disney’s next step in its journey to bring the animated classic tales to life, using real actors and special effects. If the next remakes are going to be as successful as their last one, “Beauty and the Beast”, starring Emma Watson as Belle, Disney might be sitting on a treasure.
Successful live-action remakes
“Beauty and the Beast” has already grossed $1 billion at the international box office. Considering this enormous success, it is normal for Disney to try and follow the same recipe and remake other classic tales too. And it seems like their next one is going to be the Middle Eastern story of street rat Aladdin who finds a magic lamp. His adventure begins when the genie inside grants him three wishes and he also meets princess Jasmine with whom he falls in love.
If the rumors are true, Will Smith will fit very well in the musical universe of the Disney remakes. Especially considering that he was first a rapper before becoming a fulltime actor. The production for the movie will reportedly start in July in the United Kingdom and will last about six months. Smith was previously in talks to be part of another live-adaptation remake, “Dumbo”. However, he gave up following some conflicts regarding the schedule.
Aladdin returns on the big screen
John August is the one who reportedly wrote the script of the movie, which adapts the classic tale. Dan Lin produces the project while the executive producer is Jonathan Eirich. It is interesting to note that back in 1992, when the classic animated version of Aladdin hit the big screen, it grossed $504 million for the studio. It was an enormous success which made Disney go forward with the animated stories. They even launched a very popular merchandising line based on the characters. Jasmine soon entered the Disney princess hall of fame and officially became one. Now, it seems like Aladdin will make his return to the big screen, as a real-life actor this time.
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