According to a recent LOL-worthy rumor, Guy Ritchie was eyeing Tom Hardy to play Jafar in his live-action remake of Aladdin, but today’s news will give your eyes a much-needed break from rolling: Disney has not only lined up an actor for the role of the sinister villain in the upcoming live-action reimagining of their animated classic, but they’ve added a former SNL favorite to the cast, as well.
Get your Prince Ali mash-up memes ready because Will Smith might be taking on the role of the charismatic Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. The studio was previously in talks with Smith to play the villain role in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo movie, and although those discussions ultimately fell apart, it looks as though Disney might be able to land the actor for a part in another one of their many, many, many live-action remakes.
Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:
Known For: Winning an Academy Award for his portrayal of King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech,’ another nomination for his role in ‘A Single Man,’ and appearing in other films such as ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Occupation: Screenwriter and Director
Known For: Directing ‘Lock, Stoc