Will Smith is still suffering the consequences of the slap he slapped Chris Rock during the è94è Oscars ceremony last March. Even if the actor rewarded for his role in The Williams Method publicly apologized and would have started therapy according to the American press, his gesture had repercussions on his career and his projects are many to be canceled or postponed, in particular his roles in Badboys 4 or Fast and Loose). Disney could add a new loss to this list according to rumors that Dwayne Johnson will replace Will Smith in his role as the Genie in the sequel. Aladdin.
According to information from Giant Freakin Robot who has unveiled several exclusives on Disney films in recent months, Dwayne Johnson is indeed in talks with Disney to join the cast of the film in a secret role. If nothing is official concerning this mystery role, the stature of the actor suggests that he would be a good replacement for Will Smith if he were evacuated from the project. Just like the aura that Dwayne Johnson has since he hit Netflix in the movie Red Notice at the end of 2021.
In AladdinWill Smith played the genie in the first live-action adaptation of Aladdin alongside Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. At the end of this first part, the genius became a human. An end which also marks the beginning of the second part and stirs up speculation: the story could well resume with Dwayne Johnson as a new character. The first Aladdin was a phenomenal success when it was released in 2019, grossing over $1 billion on a budget of $183 million. But we will have to wait until 2025 to see the sequel produced by Guy Ritchie.