Will Smith Says He Was “Terrified” To Play Genie In “Aladdin”

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Will Smith has had an amazing 2018 so far and it’s only getting better with the recent announcement of him playing Genie in the Aladdin film. The live-action Aladdin film is set to drop May 2019, but Will Smith has since stated that he felt ‘terrified’ playing the character. Genie is a beloved character in the original 1992 movie voiced by the late Robin Williams. It’s for that reason that Will Smith said he has big boots to fill, as the original is a certified classic.

“I was terrified doing the Genie after Robin Williams,” Will recently told Entertainment Tonight. “But I found a lane that pays homage. It is my own thing, you know? So, I think people are going to love it.”

“It’s one of the greatest film making experiences that I have ever had. I have worked at most of the studios, and Disney just knows what they are doing. It was really a spectacular team of people that came together around a classic story. It’s so spectacular, it’s such a beautiful movie and I can’t wait for people to see it.” He said.

Check out the trailer below.

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