So Disney has seen so much success with their live action remakes of their old animated classics (Cinderella, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast) that they’re continuing to do just that. Already they’ve cast Donald Glover as the voice of Simba in an upcoming Lion King CGI remake with rumours suggesting Beyonce may be Nala, and they also have plans to do Aladdin with live actors.
Today I read that Will Smith is in talks to voice Genie. Not on my watch!
I realize that it is actually impossible in every sense to get Robin Williams back alive to voice this character again – but can you really see ANYONE else doing this role? I can’t.
What if they just use all the old audio and all the old outtakes from when Robin originally voiced it? Could that work? Or at least find another person who is an impressionist. Half of Genie’s stuff was impressions of famous people and things.
They start shooting this July in the UK.