According to Variety, Will Smith is in talks to take on the role of the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.”
British filmmaker Guy Ritchie will direct, with “Big Fish” writer John August working on the screenplay. The film will be a live-action adaptation of the Disney classic, following the success of “Beauty and the Beast” — which has grossed over $1B worldwide.
The Genie role was voiced by the late Robin Williams in the original 1992 film, which tells the story young man vying for the affections of a princess who is granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a magic lamp.
Like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” will be a musical, so the role could be a perfect fit for Smith who started his show business career as a rapper.
Ritchie’s next movie, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” will be released in May. Smith will next be seen in the Netflix exclusive “Bright,” a fantasy crime-thriller about a cop who gets partnered with an orc.
If Smith turns the role down, there’s always plan b.