Who is Mena Massoud? Meet Disney's new Aladdin

Disney’s lengthy search for a live-action Aladdin lead has come to a tighten with Mena Massoud. The Egypt-born, Canada-raised actor was announced for a suggested purpose during a D23 Expo, a three-day fan gathering in California, alongside Naomi Scott from Power Rangers as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie.

“So respected beholden for a event to assistance move this enchanting story to life once again,” Massoud tweeted after a news dropped. “Let’s get to work!”

Massoud has been operative in radio and film given 2011, aggregation credits on Teen Nick’s Open Heart, The CW’s Nikita, and a Canadian array Saving Hope. But he’s mostly remained underneath a radar — until this new boost to his luminary stock.

Get to know a new Aladdin star below.

His initial purpose was on Nikita

In 2011, Massoud seemed on “Covenants,” a 17th partial of Nikita season 1, his initial credited role. He portrayed a member of Al-Qaeda, whose procession was stopped by a limit of Chechnya, interjection to a suggested assassin.

Massoud has felt a prick of Hollywood’s farrago fight

Open Heart was Massoud’s many obvious gig in 2015, personification a impression Jared, and even that indicate in his career was tough won.

“I grew adult in a culturally opposite household,” he explained in an talk with Defective Geeks. “My relatives saw certain things differently than other people. we went to schools that had a significantly vast Caucasian race and we feel unequivocally advantageous since we was means to review that viewpoint with my family’s. It authorised me to emanate a wider universe perspective on things. Also, though, during this indicate in my career, being a manifest minority in this attention still affects me.”

He continued, “I can’t contest for roles that need me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters unequivocally bond with me and amour me. The foe might be less, some people would say, though a volume of work to be had is reduction as well. However, we consider a attention is flourishing some-more and some-more and starting to support actors of all informative backgrounds.”

We’ll be saying some-more of him over Aladdin

Alongside stars like John Krasinski and Timothy Hutton, Massoud will seem in Amazon’s straight-to-series Jack Ryan from creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. He’ll play Tarek Kassar, “the best and brightest” of a CIA analysts, as good as a crony to Krasinski’s Jack Ryan. Busting Jack’s chops is partial of their relationship.

Robin Williams helped enthuse him to pursue acting

Massoud’s new purpose in Aladdin couldn’t be more significant for a actor. According to an talk with a website The Hudsucker, a late Robin Williams, “in all he did,” was a vital impulse for Massoud to pursue acting. Massoud would transfer from a University of Toronto to an humanities module during Ryerson University. “He was an impossibly well-rounded actor though we grew adult on his purpose in Mrs. Doubtfire,” Massoud pronounced of Williams. “That purpose by itself is unequivocally well-rounded and he goes by an extraordinary tour in that movie. we consider it’s unequivocally underrated.”

Williams, of course, iconically uttered a Genie in Disney’s charcterised strange of Aladdin.

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