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Will Smith in Talks to Play Genie in Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Film

Actor Will Smith arrives at the 2012 Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on December 1, 2012. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is presenting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jeffery Katzenberg, and Honorary Awards to stunt performer Hal Needham, documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens Jr.at the inaugural Governors Awards event. AFP PHOTO / Krista KENNELL (Photo credit should read Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images)

You ain’t never had a friend like Will Smith?

The actor is reportedly in early talks to voice the Genie himself in Guy Ritchie‘s live-action Aladdin reboot. Smith, who is eyeing a family-friendly film as his next project, was circling the lead role in another Disney classic, Dumbo, but walked away from a deal due to scheduling conflicts. The studio is also reportedly planning to cast newcomers in the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.

The role of the Genie was most famously voiced by the late, great Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film as well as 1996’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

What do you think about Will possibly playing the Genie?

Source: Variety

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When she is not studying to receive her B.A. in Communications, Jessenika loves to spend her free time going to the movies, tweeting, and reading all the latest fandom news on her timeline. She hopes to one day become an entertainment journalist so that she may meet and/or interview her favorite celebrities.

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