Will Smith could be the next genie in a live version of Aladdin

Hollywood star Will Smith is tipped to play the genie in a live action version of Aladdin.

The actor’s reportedly in ‘early talks’ about taking on the role in the adaptation of the 1992 Disney film – which starred the late Robin Williams.

British filmmaker Guy Ritchie is lined up to direct the musical – with production due to start in the UK in July.