Who is Mena Massoud? Aladdin actor who also starred in Jack Ryan and Open Heart

Meet the Egyptian-Canadian star who played the exceedingly pretty lead in Disney’s Aladdin.

Mena Massoud was catapulted onto the international stage when he joined the all-star cast of the beloved children’s classic in 2019.

Mena Massoud with co-star Naomi Scott at the London premiere of Aladdin


Mena Massoud with co-star Naomi Scott at the London premiere of AladdinPhoto credit: Rex Features

Who is Mena Massoud?

Mena Massoud is a Canadian actress who was born on September 17, 1991 in Cairo, Egypt.

He moved with his family to Markham, Ontario, where he grew up and attended St. Brother André Catholic High School.

Mena’s big break came when he was cast in the title role in the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin.

He previously starred in Open Heart (2015) and Saving Hope (2017).

The actor also appeared in the Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which ran from 2018 to 2022.

On May 13, 2023, TMZ reported that Mena faced backlash after tweeting about the upcoming live-action film The Little Mermaid, slated to hit theaters on May 26, 2023.

According to the medium, the actor wrote, “Our film was unique in that the audience saw it multiple times. Only in this way did we reach the billion dollar mark with our opening.”

“My guess is that TLM won’t break the billion mark, but will undoubtedly get a sequel.”

It appears that Mena deleted his Twitter account after receiving criticism for his remark, particularly from fans of the movie star Halle Bailey.

Who is in the cast of Aladdin?

  • Mena Massoud as Aladdin
  • Will Smith as a genius
  • Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine
  • Marwan Kenzari as Jafar
  • Navid Negahban as the Sultan
  • Nasim Pedrad as Dalia
  • Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders
  • Numan Acar as Hakim

When was Aladdin released and what is it about?

Aladdin is a Guy Ritchie film produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

It is a live-action adaptation of the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name.

The theatrical release took place on May 24, 2019.

Mena, right, with director Guy Ritchie


Mena, right, with director Guy RitchiePhoto credit: Rex Features

The family romance film is rated PG.

As discussed in the movie IMDb pageAladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing groceries from the marketplace in Agrabah.

His adventures begin when he meets a young girl – Princess Jasmine – who is being coerced into marriage by her crazy but estranged father.

Aladdin’s luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders.

He unknowingly gets a fun-loving spirit that just wants his freedom.

But Sultan’s dark advisor Jafar has plans for Aladdin and the lamp.

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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