The whole Oscar 2022 slapgate controversy with Chris Rock has taken a heavy toll on Will Smith. Smith became the centre of intense backlash and received heavy criticism for slapping Rock after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Following the controversy, Netflix cancelled an ongoing project with Smith but said that it was not related to the Oscars controversy. It has now been reported that former WWE star Dwayne Johnson is in talks with Disney for Aladdin 2, but it is not sure whether it is for a new character or to replace Smith.
The 2019 live-action Aladdin movie starred Will Smith as the Genie, his performance was liked by the critics and audiences alike. Giant Freaking Robot has reported that Dwayne Johnson is in talks with Disney to star in the upcoming sequel of the movie, Aladdin 2. However, it is unclear whether Johnson will be joining the cast as a new character or he will be replacing Smith as the Genie.
Following the Oscar Slapgate controversy, several projects starring Will Smith have either been cancelled or put on hold. Netflix and Apple TV+ were both interested to make a biopic on Will Smith inspired by his bestselling memoir, Will. However, after the events of the Oscars ceremony, both companies reportedly removed their bids to work on the project. Netflix also backed out of the movie Fast and Loose which would star Smith as a crime boss who loses his memory after being attacked, only to learn that he has been living a double life.
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