Will Smith Is In Talks To Play The Genie In Disney’s Live-Action “Aladdin” Movie

We learned last year that Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie would be “nontraditional” and directed by Guy Ritchie. Well, it’s not going to stray that far away from tradition; there will still be a genie in a lamp, and Deadline says that genie might be played by Will Smith. An all-knowing cosmic human-like magical creature? Are we sure they want Will and not Jaden?

Deadline has been told that Will Smith is currently in talks to play the genie, whose name is simply Genie, like Cher or Madonna. Will had also been in talks to appear in the live-action Dumbo movie, but he never ended up signing on. He may not sign on to Aladdin either. It’s scheduled to shoot for a long six months, and Deadline thinks that could possibly be a deal breaker for Will. Oh, I’m sure it will be fine. Just as long as he has a strong internet connection so he can convince the crew he’s having twice-daily FaceTime sex on his iPad with Jada Pinkett Smith.

The original Genie was voiced to perfection by Robin Williams, and anyone who takes that role should be prepared to hear “Okay, but he’s no Robin” at least six hundred times. But I think Will is a great choice. When I was a kid, I thought Genie always looked like a cross between a Smurf and Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince. Since the real Uncle Phil is up in Heaven with Robin, they might as well get the next closest thing.

Pics: Disney, Wenn.com


  1. This one already sounds like a mess. Call me when they start making a live action of Robin Hood with actual animals. Otherwise I’m not interested in this shit.

  2. Hmmm … is this Will’s way of coming out .. ?

  3. craigypants

    NO, NO, NO. Under no circumstances. Why don’t they just get the guy in the Broadway show to do it, he is brilliant.
    Will smith will bring in the entire family and ruin it with his smugness. A jeannie he is not.

  4. Juan Carlos

    The original Aunt Viv needs to smack this fool upside the head.

  5. Will Smith is really an excellent actor so if he wants to play the Genie I say go for it.

  6. I think voice acting doesn’t matter so much. But when you see the person… yeah.

  7. Dingle Barry

    I think he could do it. Robin Williams was rarely G-rated.

  8. Oh good, maybe we’ll finally get to see Spidey’s origin story.


  9. ThenTheLordMadeYolettie

    Is that legally possible?? I’d figure they owned all rights to the outtakes and such

  10. I actually liked Tower Heist.

  11. Yes the studio wanted him and he was in talks with them but it “broke down.” I.E., someone pointed out the potential for never ending ear jokes.


  12. Doll Parts

    He really did? I thought MK was joking.

  13. ThenTheLordMadeYolettie

    Plus he hasn’t been truly funny in about twenty years…..

  14. Doll Parts

    Dave Chappelle? i dont want to see any g-rated Chappelle.

  15. Ariana-Kaelita

    I think they will end up casting Indian actors rather of they can’t get a white actor and actress.

  16. Ariana-Kaelita

    Probably. The casting call asked for Middle Eastern actor, but we know they probbaly will go for a white actor and actress.

  17. Ariana-Kaelita

    I actually don’t mind if he is playing the Genie.
    However, I have a feeling they are gonna cast white-ish looking actors for the role of Aladdin and Jasmine.
    Which sucks.

  18. Bloody pillow

    I think it’s weird “actors” get paid so much to read aloud.

  19. I scoffed when it was announced he was playing Muhammad Ali, then he turned out a good performance. So I’m just going to wait and see on this one.

  20. Evidently, given the number of people demanding Chinese-American actresses be cast in “Ghost in the Shell.”

  21. I suspect the time period between the reboot and the first trilogy was so the rights wouldn’t lapse. Right now, that’s the only reason people keep churning out stuff Marvel rented out.

  22. JennyJazzhands

    If he’s going to rap “you ain’t never had a friend like me” then, no.

  23. Bree Daniels

    That just made me spit up my coffee. Thank you.

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