All sorts of bombshells are being dropped left and right at the D23 Expo today, and I’m failing to keep up with all of the latest news like Lucy trying to work at the chocolate factory. Disney has revealed new information about their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Dumbo, Jungle Cruise, A Wrinkle in Time, and everything in-between. For movie buffs, it’s been a great day to monitor the trending topics on Twitter like a hawk.
If there’s been one development worthy of a blog post, though, it’s the report that Will Smith will play the Genie in the upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. That’s right, folks. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air himself will be cracking jokes and granting wishes in this new spin on the 1992 classic.
Smith obviously has some gigantic shoes to fill, as the late, great Robin Williams was nothing short of transcendent in his portrayal of the Genie. I’m not sure that Smith will be able to pull it off, but I’m still excited to see what he’ll do with this amazing opportunity.
Besides Smith as the Genie, Mena Massaud will play Aladdin, Naomi Scott will take on the role of Princess Jasmine, and Guy Ritchie will direct. It’s a whole new world, indeed.