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Will Smith in talks to voice Genie in Disney's live-action Aladdin

Will Smith in I Am Legend

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WILL Smith is in early talks to play the magical role of the Genie in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin.

The actor was previously in talks with Tim Burton about starring in the live-action Dumbo movie but a deal never got finalised due to scheduling problems.

Smith had been trying to fit that project in with Bad Boys 3.

However, owing to the fact that Bad Boys 3 has now lost its director, the three-quell has been pushed back, allowing Smith a little more time to take on another project.

That being said, salary could remain an issue given that Smith remains one of Hollywood’s high earners.

Dan Lin, one of the producers on the Sherlock Holmes movies for Warner Bros., is producing what Disney has described as an ambitious and non-traditional take on Aladdin, which is being directed by Britain’s Guy Ritchie.

Ritchie has already put his own stamp on Sherlock Holmes, along with Robert Downey Jr, and currently has a King Arthur story due for release.

No matter how different it is, however, Aladdin would, in principal, be based on the classic 1992 animated film, which saw the role of the Genie being voiced by the late Robin Williams. The film formed part of Disney’s animation renaissance.

The story would be set in the Middle East and follows a young man who is granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp. He must also avoid an evil sorcerer who also covets the lamp.

At the moment, a world-wide search is on for the two leads in the film.

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