Deadline reports that Will Smith is in talks to play the Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. Smith is currently in early talks to play the popular role voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 film. Production for the live action remake begins this year in the UK and shoots until early next year.
Smith is the first potential star in the film, with a worldwide casting call underway for the film’s two lead roles. Guy Ritchie will direct, and the film will remain a musical.