Will Smith, who caused an assault controversy at last year's Academy Awards, is expected to return with 'Aladdin 2'.

On the 24th (local time), the British Daily Mail reported that Will Smith will return as the Genie of 'Aladdin 2' after a year since he slapped host Chris Rock at the American Academy Awards last year.

According to reports, the role of Genie played by Will Smith in 'Aladdin 2' has increased.

An official from the film industry said, "'Aladdin 2' will be one of the first films Will Smith has shot since winning the Oscars. Considering that this is a children's film, it is quite surprising."

Disney's live-action film 'Aladdin' was released in 2019 and earned $1.054 billion (about 1.3 trillion won) worldwide.

It recorded an amazing box office performance of 12.79 million in Korea.

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Following the previous film, the second film will also be directed by Guy Ritchie.

Director Ritchie attended a film festival at the end of last year and defended him, saying, "There will be no problem casting Will Smith (as Genie). Like I said, he's a really perfect gentleman."

Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock at the American Academy Awards ceremony held live last March.

He was outraged that he had joked about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

On this day, Will Smith received his first Oscar trophy for Best Actor for the movie 'King Richards', but what became a hot topic more than the award was the assault.

This led to Will Smith's resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and banning him from attending the Oscars for 10 years.

(Reporter Kim Ji-hye of SBS Entertainment News)