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Will Smith in talks to play the Genie in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin

04.19.2017

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Disney's live-action adaptation of ALADDIN is set to be directed by Guy Ritchie (KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD) and production is beginning to gear up for a July start, which means that we'll be hearing much more about casting in the coming weeks, but most people have been wondering who Ritchie will choose as the Genie. It will certainly be tough for anyone to follow in the footsteps of Robin Williams, but apparently Will Smith may be the man for the job.

It's still in the very early stages, but it has been reported that Will Smith is in talks to voice the powerful character in ALADDIN. Smith certainly isn't a name I expected to see come up in regards to the Genie, but after talks to take on a lead role in Tim Burton's DUMBO fell apart due to scheduling conflicts, it seems that the actor is still keen on working with Disney. As for Aladdin and Jasmine, the studio is hoping to cast newcomers in the roles and put out an open casting call just last month.

Sean Bailey, president of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios, recently spoke about ALADDIN and seemed very excited by the thought of Ritchie's "highly energized" take on a Disney musical.

Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.

How do you feel about Will Smith potentially taking on the role of the Genie?

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11:58AM on 04/20/2017

Smith might do ok

But for some reason I feel like Terry Crews would be a great genie.
But for some reason I feel like Terry Crews would be a great genie.
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10:35AM on 04/20/2017
really seems like this guy doesn't care at all about what the movie is or what the material is, or even who the character is. just wants to play with Disney, when probably he even knows that him playing the genie would be ridiculous.
really seems like this guy doesn't care at all about what the movie is or what the material is, or even who the character is. just wants to play with Disney, when probably he even knows that him playing the genie would be ridiculous.
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10:06AM on 04/20/2017
No thanks, as much as I enjoy Will Smith, he isn't right for this role.
Throwing it out there.. what about Jim Carrey
No thanks, as much as I enjoy Will Smith, he isn't right for this role.
Throwing it out there.. what about Jim Carrey
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9:59AM on 04/20/2017
Sounds like Kazaam part II.
Sounds like Kazaam part II.
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8:48AM on 04/20/2017
Gad Elmaleh.
Gad Elmaleh.
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5:02AM on 04/20/2017

List of random people I'd rather see than Will Smith get the role:

Peter Dinklage
Charlie Day
Dwayne Johnson
Bryan Cranston
Jason Mantzoukas
Sacha Baron Cohen
Jemaine Clement
Vin Diesel
Peter Dinklage
Charlie Day
Dwayne Johnson
Bryan Cranston
Jason Mantzoukas
Sacha Baron Cohen
Jemaine Clement
Vin Diesel
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7:18AM on 04/20/2017
Vince Vaughn
Donald Glover
Vince Vaughn
Donald Glover
8:30AM on 04/20/2017
Charlie Day could be funny. I thought of Vince Vaughn myself, he could be great. Dwayne could of been good if he didn't just do Moana. However after thinking about it again, I think they should go with Hank Azaria. The guy already does numerous impressions including Nicholson and Pacino that Williams used to do, he can even do Williams if people didn't find it offensive, plus he is hilarious and does voice work all the time on the Simpsons.
Charlie Day could be funny. I thought of Vince Vaughn myself, he could be great. Dwayne could of been good if he didn't just do Moana. However after thinking about it again, I think they should go with Hank Azaria. The guy already does numerous impressions including Nicholson and Pacino that Williams used to do, he can even do Williams if people didn't find it offensive, plus he is hilarious and does voice work all the time on the Simpsons.
8:46AM on 04/20/2017
Jemaine Clement would be fabulous. The rest, not so much. Well, Sacha would be funny but we know he'd be ramping up the satire to borderline non-PG territory.
Jemaine Clement would be fabulous. The rest, not so much. Well, Sacha would be funny but we know he'd be ramping up the satire to borderline non-PG territory.
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4:43AM on 04/20/2017

How about an SNL Alumni?

Someone who has comedic talents, wide range of speaking voices and can sing? Like Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Taran Killam, or Jay Pharoah?
Someone who has comedic talents, wide range of speaking voices and can sing? Like Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Taran Killam, or Jay Pharoah?
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4:00AM on 04/20/2017
Jeremy Irons as Jafar
Jeremy Irons as Jafar
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4:41AM on 04/20/2017
At first, I thought you have a good idea, but then I realized - he was Scar in The Lion King!
At first, I thought you have a good idea, but then I realized - he was Scar in The Lion King!
1:38PM on 04/20/2017
After all the shit Ghost in the Shell got i don't think they will cast a white guy. How about Amr Waked?
After all the shit Ghost in the Shell got i don't think they will cast a white guy. How about Amr Waked?
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12:47AM on 04/20/2017
Hmmm. This is tough. You gotta go a different direction out of respect but also bc u have to. Nobody can do what Williams did. Smith is ok but I'd pass. I'd either pick a very sarcastically comedic actor who is like I've been here forever take ur damn time. Mayyyybe Ali G could do that? Or I'd do more of a kinda weird creepy type, like Depp as Wonka and Mad Hatter, and I hated those movies but just that idea. Maybe Will Ferrell or his step-bro who I'm blanking on his name. Make them
Hmmm. This is tough. You gotta go a different direction out of respect but also bc u have to. Nobody can do what Williams did. Smith is ok but I'd pass. I'd either pick a very sarcastically comedic actor who is like I've been here forever take ur damn time. Mayyyybe Ali G could do that? Or I'd do more of a kinda weird creepy type, like Depp as Wonka and Mad Hatter, and I hated those movies but just that idea. Maybe Will Ferrell or his step-bro who I'm blanking on his name. Make them more crazy and creepy. Mike Cera could be funny as very timid and oh I don't think this is a good idea. Orrrrrrr.... a female. Wiig. Either ladies from sisters. I can't think of any other I'd like at the moment. Def not McCarthy. But those other 3 could do any of the styles listed before. God hader would be perfect but to close to Williams. Love to hear other suggestions. A Macho character who thinks he can just take, do, go whatever/wherever he wants, but he is an embarrassment to aladdin and has to be told to stop to acting so barbaric (step-bros could be good on that, and it could be to genies stuck in there or one with multiple personality disorder). That be something really new and fun.

Hope they choose Raafi for Aladdin
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1:02AM on 04/20/2017
Here's some guys who Ritchie who has worked with who could work:
J Statham
Benecio Del Toro
B Pitt
Tom Hardy
Idris Elba
Toby kebell
Gerard butler
Jeremy Piven

They could all be terrible but I would think it would be funny for the genie to have an accent so thick it's hard to understand (maybe even for Aladdin as well)
Here's some guys who Ritchie who has worked with who could work:
J Statham
Benecio Del Toro
B Pitt
Tom Hardy
Idris Elba
Toby kebell
Gerard butler
Jeremy Piven

They could all be terrible but I would think it would be funny for the genie to have an accent so thick it's hard to understand (maybe even for Aladdin as well)
10:31PM on 04/19/2017
Just wonder about having a black actor playing what what is essentially a comic slave role.
Just wonder about having a black actor playing what what is essentially a comic slave role.
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8:44PM on 04/19/2017
This tells me that they're not going for the same Genie that Robin Williams created. Not even close.

Good luck with that, Mr. Ritchie.
This tells me that they're not going for the same Genie that Robin Williams created. Not even close.

Good luck with that, Mr. Ritchie.
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7:12PM on 04/19/2017
The problem is Williams IS the voice of Genie, everything will be compared to his hilarious energetic performance. They need another larger than life personality to take over, and Will Smith has lost that for most, but I see what they are trying to do. I actually think Samuel L Jackson could work here. Imagine a Genie saying go ahead Aladdin I dare you, I double dare you motherfu%#@&, rub my lamp one more damn time.
The problem is Williams IS the voice of Genie, everything will be compared to his hilarious energetic performance. They need another larger than life personality to take over, and Will Smith has lost that for most, but I see what they are trying to do. I actually think Samuel L Jackson could work here. Imagine a Genie saying go ahead Aladdin I dare you, I double dare you motherfu%#@&, rub my lamp one more damn time.
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6:48PM on 04/19/2017

Hm...

I'm still a fan of Will Smith but I too, think he doesn't have the same energy he had years ago. Like Jim Carrey, who 10 or 15 years ago would have been a perfect choice. We need someone like Jim, in the '90s. Or you know, a guy like Robin Williams. God, I miss that man!
I'm still a fan of Will Smith but I too, think he doesn't have the same energy he had years ago. Like Jim Carrey, who 10 or 15 years ago would have been a perfect choice. We need someone like Jim, in the '90s. Or you know, a guy like Robin Williams. God, I miss that man!
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6:19PM on 04/19/2017

Awwww hell nah

He might be too old and not have enough energy to play Genie. If it were the early 00's then I would be on board but he has just seemed tired in his past few movies. He practically slept through Suicide Squad.
He might be too old and not have enough energy to play Genie. If it were the early 00's then I would be on board but he has just seemed tired in his past few movies. He practically slept through Suicide Squad.
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5:29PM on 04/19/2017

Smith doesn't deserve it.

Robin Williams made this character iconic and Will Smith had his day but he's had nothing but flop after flop recently. Not to mention you can watch interviews and clips of the guy and tell IRL he doesn't have a smidge of the passion and creativity that Williams had. It's nearly impossible to recast but if anyone deserves it, I say Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy.
Robin Williams made this character iconic and Will Smith had his day but he's had nothing but flop after flop recently. Not to mention you can watch interviews and clips of the guy and tell IRL he doesn't have a smidge of the passion and creativity that Williams had. It's nearly impossible to recast but if anyone deserves it, I say Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy.
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12:50AM on 04/20/2017
Boo Jim Carrey
Boo Jim Carrey
5:23PM on 04/19/2017

in one word:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!
Actually, if they want an African-American playing Genie, I'd rather have Eddy Murphy !
But if they want a Caucasian comedian, I wouldn't be against Steve Carrell, as Soloist wrote !
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!
Actually, if they want an African-American playing Genie, I'd rather have Eddy Murphy !
But if they want a Caucasian comedian, I wouldn't be against Steve Carrell, as Soloist wrote !
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5:24PM on 04/19/2017
Well... Thinking about it, it might be strange (regarding Murphy) having Genie with Donkey's voice after all !
Well... Thinking about it, it might be strange (regarding Murphy) having Genie with Donkey's voice after all !
5:20AM on 04/20/2017
He was also the voice of the dragon in Mulan.
He was also the voice of the dragon in Mulan.
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4:59PM on 04/19/2017

Not Smith...

Not hating on Will Smith, but i don't see him as Genie what so ever...

I want sure who i wanted to voice Genie, until i read Soloists comment, and think Steve Carrell would be perfect!
Not hating on Will Smith, but i don't see him as Genie what so ever...

I want sure who i wanted to voice Genie, until i read Soloists comment, and think Steve Carrell would be perfect!
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5:08PM on 04/19/2017
Hey, thanks.
Hey, thanks.
4:59PM on 04/19/2017
I think it's a very good choice, but I'm also someone who doesn't care for these live action cash grabs. I prefer animated masterpieces to average live action
I think it's a very good choice, but I'm also someone who doesn't care for these live action cash grabs. I prefer animated masterpieces to average live action
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4:42PM on 04/19/2017
I find re-casting the Genie to be impossible, but I think someone like Steve Carrell would be absolutely perfect considering he can do and balance comedy just as good as drama and vice versa.
I find re-casting the Genie to be impossible, but I think someone like Steve Carrell would be absolutely perfect considering he can do and balance comedy just as good as drama and vice versa.
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7:13PM on 04/19/2017
I like Carrell but kids would only be hearing Gru not a new Genie.
I like Carrell but kids would only be hearing Gru not a new Genie.
7:23AM on 04/20/2017
What a keyboard tough guy! ^
What a keyboard tough guy! ^
4:27PM on 04/19/2017
I guess there looking at Smith due to his big ego.
I guess there looking at Smith due to his big ego.
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3:53PM on 04/19/2017
I actually really like Will Smith even though he's kind of odd.
I actually really like Will Smith even though he's kind of odd.
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3:44PM on 04/19/2017
Where the fuck is Bad Boys 3?
Where the fuck is Bad Boys 3?
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3:52PM on 04/19/2017
In your mom's warm, tight, wet pussy.
In your mom's warm, tight, wet pussy.
3:52PM on 04/19/2017
In your mom's warm, tight, wet pussy.
In your mom's warm, tight, wet pussy.
3:41PM on 04/19/2017
I think Aladdin is going to be the hardest one for Disney to pull a live-action movie out of, simply because so much of what made it memorable was Williams' genie. Will Smith genie? Does he get to rap? Because if he does, maybe. Smith hasn't been the happy-go-lucky guy for a while though.
I think Aladdin is going to be the hardest one for Disney to pull a live-action movie out of, simply because so much of what made it memorable was Williams' genie. Will Smith genie? Does he get to rap? Because if he does, maybe. Smith hasn't been the happy-go-lucky guy for a while though.
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3:40PM on 04/19/2017
This is going to be obnoxious.
This is going to be obnoxious.
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