Disney’s Alladin is Canadian Mena Massoud
July 15, 2017 [Canada] – Disney announced today who will play the lead role in the Alladin remake. Mena Massoud is a Canadian actor, and was announced to play the title character Aladdin, Naomi Scott will play Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie.
Mena Massoud announced as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie in live-action Aladdin! #D23Expo
— Disney (@Disney) July 15, 2017
Mena Massoud also broke the news on his Twitter page and tweeted that he was honoured and grateful.
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017
It was being reported in the media recently that Disney was having problems casting the lead character. They were looking for a man in his twenties who can sing and act and preferred someone of Middle Eastern or Indian descent. Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel and The Night Of‘s Riz Ahmed were also being considered for the lead role.
Guy Ritchie will direct the movie that will see Mena Massoud and Power Rangers star Naomi Scott take a flight on the magic carpet. Mena Massoud is known for his performances in Jack Ryan (2017), Open Heart (2015) and Saving Hope (2012).