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Can Will Smith Fill Robin Williams Shoes?



It’s a tall order, but can Will Smith pull it off?

Smith is being eyed for a pretty iconic role: the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin. The role, made famous by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version, would be a change of pace for Will, who has been heading more dramatic films as of late.

According to Deadline, the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, will be a musical and is supposed to start filming in the U.K. in July and wrap early next year. Talks to add Big Willie are early, but he’s definitely a frontrunner. Apparently, Will was also in talks with Tim Burton about Dumbo but that did not materialize.

We think the former Fresh Prince could kill it as Genie … but who would you pick to play Aladdin and Jasmine? Hmmm…

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  1. Mike

    March 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    I personally enjoy a lot of Will Smiths stuff however I honestly feel bad for the guy in this situation. He is a very talented actor and comedian however. I think he may have found a job that even he can not achieve cause no comedian or actor can. Robin Williams is by far the greatest comedian Hollywood has ever seen. and in my opinion one of the best actors all around. There are very few if any that can live up to filling his shoes. Will Smith however likely knows this and isn’t going to try and do so just go with it and do what he can. Fact is no actor could replace him. I say either Will’s braver than i thought or has bigger ego than I thought to even try although could just be he grew up on the movie and wanted to play the roll cause it was fun to play role too. while i think he will do a good job in no way do I expect him to do half as amazing as Robin cause none can!

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