I think everyone has a favorite Disney movie. For me personally I rank them in this order, Lion King first, Tarzan coming second, and Aladdin third. So you can tell that when I heard that Will Smith is in talks to play the iconic Genie that I was pretty excited. Will Smith known for great movies like Independence Day, Six Degrees of Separation, Bad Boys, I Robot, I Am Legend and Concussion has a very distinctive voice that I think could provide something awesome to the character of The Genie that the late great Robin Williams once did. Disney is planning to remake most of their iconic Disney movies into live action and so far some have been hit and miss. Like Jungle Book was definitely a hit but Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast in my opinion were definitely a miss. According to Rotten Tomatoes, “In previous updates about Disney’s live-action remake of their 1992 animated hit Aladdin, surprisingly little was revealed about the movie’s most popular character, the Genie, originally voiced by the late Robin Williams. Yes, there were stories a few years ago about a possible movie called Genies, all about them, but since this live-action version started taking off, the focus has been on the two leads. And that’s the thing; the lead characters of Aladdin are actually Aladdin and Jasmine (for whom an international casting call was recently held). Well, this week, we learned that Disney is in talks with a very big star to take over the mile-a-minute, stream-of-consciousness that Robin Williams started, and it’s Will Smith… recently been talking to Disney about playing the villain in their new Dumbo, but this is arguably (or even, obviously) a much bigger deal. Aladdin is going to be directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), and filming is scheduled to start in the U.K. in July. There’s no release date yet, but the timing suggests that it will probably be sometime in 2019. Will Smith is also the first actor mentioned for any Aladdin role.” Fingers crossed that Aladdin is a hit and not a miss.

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