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The live-action Beauty and the Beast may be fading from theater screens, but we’ve got an update on another classic cartoon from your childhood that’s getting a remake.

First came the news late last year that — cor blimey guv’nor! — Guy Ritchie was in talks to take over directing duties on Aladdin, a live-action remake of the 1992 cartoon movie. Needless to say, the internet reacted in typical fashion.

That’s now been confirmed, with shooting expected to start in the U.K. this summer, and Disney promising the lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine will be played by a diverse cast selected through an auditions process taking place in Abu Dhabi.

But what about the Genie? The larger-than-life, lamp-living character was of course memorably voiced by the late Robin Williams, and his oversized cheerfulness and wise cracks are what most people remember about the original.

Well, Deadline is now reporting that he will be played by none other than Will Smith.

Okay, sure, we can imagine that:

(Image: Disney)
(Image: Disney)

It’s the second time Will’s name has been linked to a major Disney character — earlier this year reports claimed he was in the running to play a key role in the remake of Dumbo, though that now looks like that part might have fallen to Fantastic Beasts star Colin Farrell.

And though Will is a dab hand at playing heart-warming characters like that one, we think his comedy skills make him a better fit for the Genie.

What we want to know though is, will he be blue? And can we expect a cover of “Friend Like Me” Big Willie-style?

Are you excited for this remake?

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Filed Under: Aladdin, Will Smith
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.