Will Smith is reportedly in talks with Disney to portray the Genie in the company’s planned live-action version of Aladdin. Deadline reports that Smith’s name has been thrown into the ring after plans fell through for him to star in Tim Burton’s planned live-action reboot of Dumbo. Being directed by Guy Ritchie, the new film is scheduled to start production in the U.K. in July and wrap early next year, which could proved problematic for Smith’s schedule.
“When I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie,” producer Dan Lin recently told Collider about the film. “Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia.” The original role of the Genie was voiced by the late Robin Williams, who died in 2014.