Will Smith’s career took a turn when he stormed the stage at the Oscars and slapped comedian and actor Chris Rock in front of millions of people. It happened only minutes before he received the Best Actor award for his role in ‘King Richard.’ Following the notorious Oscars slap it appears that Disney is trying to cast Will Smith as The Genie in the sequel to the live-action ‘Aladdin.’

Will Smith played The Genie in Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin,’ a character formerly portrayed by the legendary Robin Williams in the 1992 animated blockbuster. No one knew where Smith’s career would go after the Oscars slap, but it appears that Disney is forgiving the actor, as The Sun reports that not only will Smith return as The Genie for the live-action sequel, but he will have an even greater part than he had in the first film.

A movie insider told the outlet that, “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.” The insider added, “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,” the insider concluded. Viewers across the world were stunned when actor Will Smith stormed onstage after comedian Chris Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife. Smith hit Rock in the face then turned around and sat back down in the crowd hurling expletives at him.

Many also brought up Smith’s wife in the discussion claiming Jada Pinkett Smith inspired him to defend her. However, the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ debunked the reports, adding, “I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, babe.”

Will Smith stated in a apology video that he tried to reach out to Chris Rock to apologize personally but was told that the comedian is not yet ready to speak with him about the incident. We’ll have to wait and watch how Chris Rock and fans react to Will Smith’s casting as Aladdin. Keep an eye on Thirsty for the most latest updates.

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Shivangini Rawat

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