20 Apr – Will Smith is undoubtedly a man with charisma. Whether it's as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", or as the stars of "Men in Black" and "Bad Boys", Smith has shined with his charm and larger-than-life personality.
But will his shine be enough to take on the legacy of the late Robin Williams?
According to Deadline, Will Smith is currently in talks of playing one of Robin Williams' most-remembered roles: the lovable, big, blue wish-granting Genie from "Aladdin".
Disney's head of motion picture production, Sean Bailey, announced that the film will be a "highly energised" musical like "Beauty and the Beast", so it would fit well with Smith, who is known for his acting and musical prowess.
Previously, Smith was in talks to be in Tim Burton's "Dumbo" remake, but he's passed on the offer. So, there is a chance that he'd do the same for "Aladdin".
Not that we would blame him. Genie is one of Disney's most iconic non-Princess characters and no one can be good enough to replace or be better than Robin Williams's Genie in our eyes.
Whatever Smith's decision may be, he better decide soon, because "Aladdin" is set to film in the U.K. starting this July up to early next year.
Currently, a worldwide search is underway for the people who can become the heroes of Agrabah in an effort to give the film a more diverse cast. We'll be expecting an official cast announcement soon.
The animated "Aladdin" is a legend-to-live-to in its own right, grossing over USD504 million 25 years ago.
However, with Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes") set to direct and John August ("Charlie's Angels") scripting the film based on the 1992 animated classic, we are assured that the "Aladdin" remake is in good hands.
"Aladdin" is just another one of Disney's beloved animated classics that are in line to get the live-action remake treatment. This remake strategy has been a goldmine for the House of Mouse so far, with the latest success of "Beauty and the Beast" grossing over USD1 billion.
Other Disney classic remakes in various stages of production include "The Lion King", "Mulan", "The Little Mermaid" and "Pocahontas". A release date is yet to be announced for any of these live-action remakes or for "Aladdin".
Ritchie's next film, a fresh take on the legend of King Arthur, "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword", is set to be released next month.
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