Entertainment Will Smith cast as the Genie in live-action reboot of Aladdin

23:52  15 july  2017
23:52  15 july  2017 Source:   BANG Showbiz

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Disney's live - action Aladdin is currently eyeing Will Smith to play Genie . However, with Guy Ritchie aboard to direct the live - action Aladdin and a world-wide casting search underway to find the latest hero of Agrabah, the pre-production process has continued unabated.

Will Smith is in early talks to voice the Genie in Disney’s live - action “ Aladdin ” reboot from director Guy Ritchie. The role was famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 classic and would mark Smith ’s first animated film since DreamWorks Animation’s 2004 comedy “Shark Tale.”

Will Smith© Bang Showbiz Will Smith Will Smith has been confirmed as the Genie in the live-action reboot of 'Aladdin'.

The 48-year-old Hollywood legend's casting was announced at Disney's D23 Expo in California on Saturday (15.07.17), where it was also revealed that Naomi Scott, 24, will portray Princess Jasmine and newcomer Mena Massoud has been announced as Aladdin.

It's not yet known who will portray villainous Jafar, though 'Peaky Blinders' star Tom Hardy is said to be in the running as director Guy Ritchie is said to be a big fan of the 39-year-old hunk.

A source said previously: "Guy is a huge fan of Tom's work and securing him would be a major coup.

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Will Smith Might Be the Genie in Live - Action ‘ Aladdin ’ Reboot . The production is supposed to start in the U.K in July and wrap early next year, so if they’ re going to lock Smith down, should be relatively soon.

Could Will Smith be playing The Genie in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin ? The casting choice would seem to make sense: motor-mouth, charisma, general awesomeness. Disney’s live - action reboots have been, as the site notes, a goddam goldmine for the studio.

"There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he's certainly one of Guy's favoured choices.

"It just depends on schedules whether he'll be able to sign up."

The British director is working on bringing Disney's classic 1992 animation back to the big screen along with Sean Bailey - head of motion picture production at Disney - and shooting was due to commence on the project in this month.

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WILL SMITH is being lined up to play the Genie in Disney's new live action Aladdin , the role made famous by Robin Williams. It's also not the first time the actor has been linked to a Disney live action reboot .

Disney is rebooting " Aladdin ," and a couple of Philadelphia natives are in the running for a role famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 original: Genie . Will Smith (shown here in 'Collateral Beauty') and Kevin Hart are both linked to the role Genie in the live action remake of ' Aladdin '.

'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' writer John August has penned the script for the musical movie, which is believed to be non-linear in its structure, something that is a hallmark of Ritchie's early work such as cult British crime romp 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'.

Following the adventures of the street rat, the story is based on a Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin who is granted three wishes by a genie who is captive inside a magic lamp.

The original - which saw the late great Robin Williams voice Aladdin - won two Oscars for the music including Best Music and Original Song for 'A Whole New World'.

'Aladdin' is one of Disney's most beloved and successful classics earning more than $504 million worldwide and the characters are prominent at the company's theme parks.

It has also been turned into a hit stage show playing at theatres all over the world.

'Aladdin' is now set to start shooting in August.

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