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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…


Sorry Folks! Martin Lawrence Doesn’t Think ‘Bad Boys 3’ Will Happen



Martin Lawrence has pretty much lost hope in plans for another Bad Boys film, and for good reason. Over the last few months, the long-gestating third installment has lost it’s director and release date.

Now according to Lawrence it may have even lost one of it’s boys – co-star Will Smith. “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” Lawrence told EW. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Just last December Smith told Jimmy Kimmel that Bad Boys 3 aka Bad Boys For Life,  was “very, very, very close” to beginning production. He also added of Lawrence, “I love that dude. That’s among the best times I’ve ever had making movies. So I’m looking forward to it.”

As for Lawrence, he’s ready if the project can get off life support. “I’m there, I’m ready right now,” said Lawrence. “If they wanted to do it, I’m ready, but I don’t have control of that. That’s the studio’s decision.”

Back in March, writer/director Joe Carnahan departed from the Sony Pictures’ flick after months of delays. And director Micheal Bay, who helmed both Bad Boys and Bad Boys II declined to return after too many set-backs. “Pretty soon its going to called Bad Old Boys because they can’t get it together with doing a script,” he told HipHollywood back in 2016. “Thats why I backed out of the process.”

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