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'Aladdin' Live-Action Remake Is Going To Be A Musical; Will Smith To Play Genie?

By Shor M. Rae , May 11, 2017 05:15 AM EDT
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A remake of the beloved Disney classic, “Aladdin” has already been confirmed to be in the works. However, Guy Ritchie has further revealed that it will not just be any remake as it will also be a musical, just like the original animated movie.

Guy Ritchie Says “Aladdin” Cannot Be A Non-Musical

In October 2016, the live-action film adaptation of “Aladdin” has been revealed and that Guy Ritchie has signed on to direct the said movie. Along with Ritchie, John August and Dan Lin are on board as scriptwriter and producer, respectively. Since the announcement, countless fans have grown excited about the upcoming remake and had even voiced some of their concerns, which mostly had to do with the actors they want to be part of the film.

Disney reassured fans that the “Aladdin” remake will be multicultural and authentic, even revealing that they are keen on taking in fresh faces to act in the movie. In addition to that, Ritchie confirmed that the remake will indeed be a musical, explaining that it would be tough not to make it into one. The original animated movie was full of memorable songs and the production disclosed that they are looking for actors who are also great at singing.

Will Smith Reportedly In Talks For Genie’s Role

It has been reported that actor Will Smith is currently negotiating to play the iconic role of Genie. While the casting news was revealed in April 2017, Ritchie said that there are still no updates on whether Smith has agreed to take the role or not. He added that it would make him very happy to work with Smith on “Aladdin” and he is looking forward to it.

Ritchie has also revealed that he's excited for the remake even though they have yet to start on the production. He has revealed that aside from Smith, they are still looking for actors to cast especially for the lead roles. As a matter of fact, it was announced that it will be holding auditions for the “Aladdin” live-action remake in London, hoping to find the right one to portray the lead role.

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