Disney is rebooting Aladdin, and a couple of Philadelphia natives are in the running for a role famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 original: Genie.
As Deadline reported earlier this month, Will Smith is currently in talks to portray Genie in the Aladdin remake, which Guy Ritchie will direct. The Suicide Squad star reportedly had previously discussed playing a villain in Disney's upcoming Dumbo reboot, but plans failed to come together with that role.
According to Screen Rant, Smith wasn't the only high-profile Philadelphian to get an offer for the Genie role. As it turns out, filmmakers had previously reached out to Kevin Hart for the part.
Variety reporter Justin Kroll broke that news on Twitter in response to speculation that Hart might be considered to play Iago, Jafar's parrot, who was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried in the original film.
It is unclear why Disney may have switched to Smith after reportedly approaching Hart for the role. Hart, however, will next appear in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a reboot of the 1995 Jumanji that puts Hart alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Fans, meanwhile, weighed in online on who they thought would make the better Genie:
Few details about the film have been announced, though as Deadline reports, crews are preparing for a six-month shoot that is scheduled to start in the United Kingdom in July. Penned by John August, the script is based on the 1992 animated film, which follows Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and Genie, who bestows three wishes on our titular hero.