Will Smith is in talks to be Genie from Aladdin. Why would I be upset with this?

So Disney is continuing to stomp on your childhood memories by remaking all of their cartoon movies into live-action films. To be honest, I don’t even know how the Lion King will work.


The latest news from beyond the veil is that Will Smith is looking at voicing Genie. I don’t even. I can’t even. Those are some big shoes to fill. There are questions. Is Will going to improv? Or is he going to go word for word, and how can he even hope to compete if that’s the case?

Before the remake of Jumanji, the Rock was very insistent that it be respectful to the memory of Robin Williams, “The love and respect I have for this man is boundless,”  “You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish’ will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of Jumanji in an earnest and cool way.” 

Will Will Smith do the same? Can he turn in a performance that’s respectful and his own and yet not turn it into the Will Smith Show? It’s a fine line, I understand.

UPDATE:

Oh and Guy Ritchie as director too? I’m done with this movie and it’s not even in production.

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