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One things for sure, Disney has never had a genie like Will Smith!
Entertainment Weekly just revealed the first images of Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.” One can immediately tell from the image is that Will Smith is not blue, however, that is not to say that this is the final version of the genie in the movie.
Smith certainly has big “genie” shoes to fill, following the performance of the late Robin Williams, who played the original genie.
When asked about his new role, the “Fresh Prince” star stated that he hopes to play it as “an homage to Robin Williams” with his own spin on the iconic character. He continues stating he would like to bring “hip-hop flavor” to the Disney universe. One executive even described the character as “part ‘Fresh Prince,’ part ‘Hitch.’” Will’s version of the character will be “different enough” from Williams version so as to no “compete” with the original version.
EW also reveals that Smith will definitely be singing “Friend Like Me,” in addition to Jasmine performing a new solo piece that is an original to the new version of the film. Director Guy Richie, says he hopes to make her character “more rounded.”