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Disney want Will Smith for the Genie in 'Aladdin' remake

The Fresh Prince in talks for the live action remake of the 1992 animated hit.

Published Wed, Apr 19 2017 8:39 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

Disney scored big again with the live action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast', which is well on the way to earning $1.1 Billion at the worldwide box office, so it makes total sense that they'd be doubling down on more features in the near future. But this latest casting news for 'Aladdin' is having many, (myself included) scratching their heads.

Disney want Will Smith for the Genie in 'Aladdin' remake |

According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney have offered the voice role of the Genie in the live action remake of the 1991 animated hit 'Aladdin' to Will Smith, which is to be directed by Guy Ritchie. Filming is set to begin mid this year, for a release in 2019. The lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine are yet to be cast, but the studio is looking to unknown actors.

Disney are aggressively moving to convert their much loved back catalogue of animated hits to the big screen, with a number of films in active development, such as 'The Lion King, 'The Little Mermaid', 'Dumbo', 'Mulan' and 'Cruella'.


Ben joined the TweakTown team in 2008 and has since reviewed 100s of movies. Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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