Will Smith is currently in talks to replace late comedian and actor Robin Williams in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin.
According to Deadline, the 1992 animated musical classic, Aladdin, is being directed by Guy Ritchie. The newly re-imagined project follows the studio’s strategy of bringing its classic animated titles to life. Beauty and the Beast was the first to be brought to life and grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Smith had previously been in talks with Tim Burton about Dumbo.
However, the role of the Genie in the Disney classic just may be a great fit for Smith, who was also known as the Fresh Prince rapper before making it big as an actor. The production is gearing up for a long, six-month shoot that is supposed to kick off in the U.K. in July and wrap early next year.
The Disney animated project is being produced by Dan Lin, alongside executive producer Jonathan Eirich.
The first Aladdin, in its animated form, grossed a whopping $504M for Disney 25 years ago and launched a successful merchandising line, including creating a new princess in Jasmine for its lucrative girl’s licensing line.
Will Smith is repped by CAA.