The Oscar slap was the biggest controversial topic among Hollywood insiders and fans last year. Will Smith shocked the world when he smacked comedian Chris Rock for mocking Jada Pinkett Smith. This legendary actor faced some concrete consequences for his actions as the Academy banned him for one decade. His multiple projects got canceled in the blink of an eye and he had to retire from the limelight for several months.
Fans started speculating about what will happen to his career following the debacle. The Bad Boys star was losing his deals, including his role as the Genie in Aladdin 2, revealed the sources. It was also rumored that Dwayne Johnson might replace The Pursuit of Happyness alum in the film. However, with the beginning of a new year, it seems things are falling into the right place for him. And Smith has finally confirmed that he will return to his fan-favorite character.
Disney calls Will Smith to play the role of Genie in Aladdin 2
Putting water under the bridge, Disney has finally decided to bring back the fan-favorite Genie for another adventure. According to The Sun, Will Smith is set to reprise his role in the sequel to the 2019 film Aladdin.
“This would be one of the first movies Will has shot since the Oscars slap and it is quite surprising, given that it will be for a kids’ film,” an insider told The Sun.
Moreover, it was also stated that the actor has worked on himself after that incident and they are putting everything in the past to do another film. The first film was a massive hit and viewers loved the role of the French Prince in it.
So the creators have made up their minds to cast this iconic actor “back into the fold” and let the bad times be forgotten. And if you don’t know, the musical fantasy whopped more than $1 billion at the box office becoming the ninth highest-grossing film of 2019.
Meanwhile, director Guy Ritchie recently talked about Will Smith in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The English filmmaker praised the 54-year-old star, saying he is one of the most generous men he has met. He said that working with him on Aladdin was an amazing experience and he would like to see him in the sequel.
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