UPDATED on July 17, 2017:
It's been officially announced that Will Smith will take on the iconic role of the Genie in Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of Aladdin.
Made famous by the late great Robin Williams in the original 1992 animated movie, Smith was rumored for the role earlier this year but it wasn't clear if he would have a clear schedule to take part in the feature.
The film has already seen its fair share of casting problems with Disney struggling to cast actors of Indian and Middle Eastern descent for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that filming will start in August in London but thus far the actors playing baddies Jafar and Iago have yet to be announced. It's expected that they will be big names like Will Smith.
Original article below:
Will Smith is well known for his comedic talents, thanks to his stint as The Fresh Prince and his funnyman routine in action blockbusters. Now the actor is being touted for the role of the Genie in Disney's upcoming live-action Aladdin, a role made iconic by the late Robin Williams.
Williams brought his zany comedy to the role of the Genie, and notoriously improvised much of his dialogue and it became one of the several roles that Robin had in the 90s that really cemented him as a favorite with kids growing up back then.
Guy Ritchie has been given the job of directing the live-action remake, which he's due to start shooting in July this year, and NME reports that Will Smith is in early talks for the role.
While some thought that if Disney were going to make a new Aladdin they may use Robin Williams' extensive outtakes to create the role. However, it was stated in his will that none of these were to be used after his death.