WHEN Will Smith lamped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars it sent shockwaves through the industry. Yet ten months on from the shocking incident, Disney is lining up his first acting role since the scandal, bringing him back for a sequel to the 2019 live action version of Aladdin Will Smith will return as the Genie in the sequel to Disney’s live-action Aladdin
Will Smith will return as the Genie in the sequel to Disney’s live-action AladdinCredit: Pictures in Mind
This marks the actor’s first new gig since he infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars This marks the actor’s first new gig since he infamously slapped Chris Rock at the OscarsCredit: Getty I’m told he is set to return as Genie, playing an even bigger part than he did in the first film. The script is, loosely based on the One Thousand And One Nights series of Middle Eastern folk tales, is being written, with hopes that filming could begin at the end of the year. A movie insider said: “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.
“He has done a lot of work on himself and the consensus is that it will all be very much in the past by the time the movie is released. “The first film was a huge success so it would be silly not to make another, and it would be a real shame to have to re-cast Will over what happened. “So Disney is keen to stand by him and bring him back into the fold.” Will slapped presenter and comic Chris after he made a joke about hair loss suffered by Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The 2019 movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, made more than £800million at the box office.