The 54-year-old star has been added to the cast of the live-action sequel by Disney. It will be one of his first roles since the incident last year when he slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars.
Will's genie is reportedly set to play an even bigger role in the second installment than in the original 2019 film. The script for the sequel is currently being written and it is hoped that filming will begin by the end of the year. A source from the film told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: 'This would be one of the first films Will has made since the Oscars and it's quite surprising considering it's a children's film will be. He has done a lot of work on himself and the consensus is that everything will be in the past when the film is released. The first film was a huge hit so it would be stupid not to do another and it would be a real shame to have to recast Will because of what happened. So Disney is very interested in helping him and getting him back into show business.'
The first film was directed by Guy Ritchie and grossed over 900 million euros at the box office. Also, Mena Massoud, who played Aladdin, said last month that he was eager to return for a sequel. The 31-year-old actor said: 'There has been a change with the writers and they are working on a new draft. If 'Aladdin 2' happens, that's fantastic. It should happen. It will not be based on the animated version. This will be a new original story.”
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