live-action aladdin

Disney is in a whole new world of trouble. The live-action adaptation of Aladdin is reportedly struggling to cast its lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, the street rat and the Arabian princess who stole each other’s (and our) hearts in the classic 1992 animated film.

Disney and director Guy Ritchie are intent on finding an unknown actor and actress of Middle Eastern or Indian descent, as the animated movie takes place in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah. However, because Aladdin will continuing Beauty and the Beast‘s trend of adapting the musical elements of the animated films, Disney and Ritchie are having trouble finding stars of color who can act and sing.

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Ang Lee directing Life of Pi

Visionary filmmaker Ang Lee is about to team up with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith on a science-fiction action movie, Gemini Man. Smith is going to play an assassin battling a younger, faster and stronger clone of himself. For the last 20 years, the project has attracted and lost major talent, but it’s finally happening and coming out in October 2019.

Below, learn more about the long history of the next Ang Lee movie.

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Men in Black trivia

Two of Will Smith‘s most famous, breakout roles almost went to very different actors. In the case of Bad Boys, Jon Lovitz was originally going to play his part opposite of Dana Carvey. After Lovitz and Carvey bailed on the buddy cop movie, the studio had to be convinced Smith was right for the project. On Men in Black, director Barry Sonnenfeld had to do some persuading as well to secure Smith a part producer Steven Spielberg wanted to go to Chris O’Donnell.

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Gemini Man could finally germinate beyond its status as a famous script languishing in development hell.

With director Ang Lee reportedly circling the project, Will Smith has expressed interest in starring in the clone assassin thriller by Skydance. This role would require him to play double — as the aging assassin trying to retire and as the younger clone on the hunt for himself. We may see a young Will Smith again, people.

Find out more about Will Smith starring in Gemini Man below.

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Netflix in theaters

Amazon made a big splash at this year’s Academy Awards, with Manchester by the Sea winning Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Pundits cited Amazon’s theatrical model as having a big impact on that film’s wins, while another major streaming site, Netflix, has struggled to achieve similar awards outside of the documentary categories – perhaps due to its more limited theatrical distribution.

But Netflix’s new quarterly earnings report implies that changes could be brewing, and audiences may have the chance to see Netflix original movies on the big screen as well as at home.
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Will Smith Playing Genie in Aladdin

Not too long ago, Will Smith was in talks for a role in Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo as the studio continues to rehash all of their animated classics for new audiences. A deal was never finalized and now it sounds like we know why.

Smith is now in talks with Disney to take on the important role of Genie in the House of Mouse’s remake of their 1992 contemporary animated classic Aladdin. It’s a role that was played by the incomparable Robin Williams in the original movie, and it’s one of Disney’s most iconic characters. But is Will Smith the right guy to play the role?  Read More »

Eva Green to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’

eva green dumbo casting

Will Smith recently passed on DumboTim Burton‘s film, which keeps moving closer to production, still doesn’t have any actors attached. While we wait to learn whether Tom Hanks will play the live-action remake’s villain, it’s being reported that Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) is now in talks for one of the lead roles.

Below, learn more about the Eva Green Dumbo casting.

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bright photos

I’ve always been fascinated by the world of Warhammer 40K, the tabletop miniatures game where space marines and orcs and dwarves and elves all do battle across the galaxy, hitting traditional fantasy tropes in a science fiction landscape. After all, what happens to that Tolkien-esque fantasy world as the centuries start to fly by? Surely it has to change. Surely it can’t remain stagnant. Surely medieval fantasy has to escape the medieval setting at some point, right?

And that’s why I’m intrigued by Netflix’s upcoming Bright, a modern dar buddy cop movie that just-so-happens to be set in a world where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have all co-existed for millennia. What does high fantasy look like when it’s brought low, down to the mean streets of Los Angeles? A new batch of images give us a clue.

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mel gibson suicide squad

Mel Gibson likely has more clout in his hands right now than he’s had in years. His well-made World War II drama, Hacksaw Ridge, grossed over $175 million at the worldwide box-office, was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, and picked up two Academy Awards last night. Following his biggest success in years, what’s next for the filmmaker?

Even after making a hit drama, possibly opening doors to direct some long-gestating passion projects, Gibson is still considering the sequel Suicide Squad 2. Below, the director briefly comments on the DC sequel.

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Dumbo live-action remake

UPDATE 2/10/17: Deadline reports Smith has decided not to join Dumbo after all. Original story follows.

A couple of years ago, it was announced that Tim Burton was developing a live-action Dumbo for Walt Disney Pictures. We had not heard anything about the project since that announcement and assumed it had fallen into development heck, but it is apparently still chugging along like the Casey Junior Circus train. And who is circling the project to star? Will Smith.

Hit the jump to learn more about the project and find out more about Will Smith in Dumbo.

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