WILL SMITH WILL RETURN AS THE GENIUS IN ‘ALADDIN 2’
Following his disastrous event at the Oscars, the actor might return to children’s movies in one of his first gigs.
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Will Smith continues to add steps in his redemption in the face of public opinion and to recover his status in Hollywood after the slap he gave Chris Rock at the Oscars. According to The Sun, Disney has confirmed that he will reprise his role as the Genie in the sequel to Guy Ritchie’s live-action production of ‘Aladdin’ Ritchie in 2019.
According to a source close to the film, “This would be one of the first movies Will has shot since the Oscars slapstick, and it’s pretty surprising given that it’s “It’ll be for a kid’s movie,” he continued. “”He’s worked hard on himself, and the expectation is that by the time the film comes out, it’ll all be forgotten.
“Because the first picture was a great smash, it would be silly not to create another, and it would be a true tragedy not to cast Will again because of what transpired. So, Disney is willing to support him and bring him back to the fold.” ‘Aladdin’ grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, so it’s no surprise that Disney wants to make ‘Aladdin 2.’
Mena Massoud, the first film’s lead, revealed in December that the authors had changed and that a new script is presently in the works. “It won’t be based on the animated version,” Masud clarifies.”This will be a completely new and distinct story.” According to IMDB, Andrea Berloff (‘Straight Outta Compton’) and John Gatins will be in charge of this new script.
Disney’s calendar is full of future projects: ‘Peter and Wendy’, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, ‘Hercules’… so it’s likely that ‘Aladdin 2’ won’t arrive for a few years, probably 2024- 2025. Is it enough for Hollywood to forgive Will Smith?