Despite Oscars’ Slapgate Controversy, Will Smith Will Reportedly Not Lose His Iconic Role to Dwayne Johnson

Published 01/25/2023, 8:30 AM EST

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After the Oscars ‘slap’ incident, there were rumors of Will Smith losing several of his upcoming movies. One of those was Disney’s Aladdin, in which he played the role of Genie. There were rumors the studio might cast Dwayne Johnson who is currently more popular. Moreover, he has a good relationship with Disney. However, there is news about the future of the same role in the sequel.

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Recently, The Sun’s Simon Boyle shared a report in which he wrote Will Smith is ‘set to return’ to play Genie in Aladdin 2. This means The Rock will not be a part of Aladdin 2.

As per the report, a movie insider said: “This would be one of the first movies Will has shot since the Oscars slap and it is quite surprising, given that it will be for a kids’ film. He has done a lot of work on himself and the consensus is that it will all be very much in the past by the time the movie is released.”

Further, it said, “The first film was a huge success so it would be silly not to make another, and it would be a real shame to have to re-cast Will over what happened. So Disney is keen to stand by him and bring him back into the fold.”

There were huge rumors last year of The Fresh Prince could lose this role to DJ. Surprisingly, this news came out a few weeks after DJ was accused of lying about Black Adam’s box office collection. 

The Brahma Bull is a big-money and popular actor currently. However, there is a possibility the recent Black Adam debacle may have led Disney not to recast Will Smith in Aladdin 2.

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Will Smith and Dwayne Johnson have a slight possibility of sharing the screen in DCEU

Even though DCEU’s new management, James Gunn and Peter Safran, nixed the plans for Black Adam, The Rock, still having meetings with the studio. DC and Seven Bucks will work together to make sure that Black Adam can appear in the multiverse.

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However, the Men in Black actor has also done a DC movie. He played Deadshot in Suicide Squad but didn’t reprise the role in the sequel. Surprisingly, the concept of a multiverse can bring him back to play Deadshot in another universe.

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Furthermore, DCEU can put both the star’s characters in the same universe. Smith has previously shared, having aspirations to work with The Rock. 

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Do you want to see DJ and Smith in the same movie? What are your thoughts on Smith reprising the role of Genie? Share your opinion below.

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.
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