Kevin Hart Was Approached For Genie Role In ‘Aladdin’ Before Will Smith

This week, it was reported that Will Smith was in early talks to play the Genie in Disney’s live-action adaptation of their animated classic, Aladdin. Smith could potentially step into the footsteps of this legendary role made famous by Robin Williams.

As it turns out, another actor was approached for the role before Smith. During the most recent episode of Meet the Movie PressSimon Thompson and Jeff Sneider suggested that Kevin Hart should lend his voice talents to Iago the parrot (portrayed originally by Gilbert Gottfried).

Interestingly enough, Justin Kroll from Variety tweeted that Hart was actually approached to play the Genie before Smith:

Hart’s voice talents will next be seen in DreamWorks’ upcoming film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. 

The upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin will be directed by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword helmer Guy Ritchie. Production is currently scheduled to start in July, and a casting search for two Middle Eastern performers to portray Aladdin and Jasmine is well under way.

What do you guys think? Would Kevin Hart make a good choice for the Genie if he was in fact the first choice Disney sought after? Also, if Will Smith were to sign on, would he be the right call? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to follow Heroic Hollywood for the latest news regarding Aladdin and all of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptations.

Meanwhile, you can see Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast in theaters now.

Source: Twitter 

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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Noah Villaverde

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