Like a Disney fairytale, Mena Massoud is about to get his happily ever after.
The 27-year-old actor will make his debut in the live-action remake of Aladdin, set for release on 24 May 2019, and itll undoubtedly become his breakout role.
Not only is he stepping into the shoes of an iconic Disney character, but Mena is starring alongside Hollywood great Will Smith, who will play the Genie, a role made famous by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animation.
But Mena will soon become famous in his own right so its probably best to get to know the brand new Aladdin.
Although born in Cairo, Egypt, Mena was raised in Ontario, Canada and now calls Toronto his home.
While Aladdin is certainly his biggest role to date, Mena broke into the industry starring in a season one episode of Nikita in 2011, portraying a member of Al-Qaeda whose convoy was intercepted at the border of Chechnya.
He most recently landed a role in Tom Clancys Jack Ryan alongside John Krasinski, which airs on Amazon. As for his net worth, its not yet known how much Mena has earned in his career so far or his salary for Aladdin.
Its not lost on Mena that his rise to success in the industry has been mired by struggles which ethnic minorities often face in Hollywood.
Addressing his heritage, Mena previously told Defective Geeks: I grew up in a culturally different household. My parents saw certain things differently than other people.
I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my familys. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things. Also, though, at this point in my career, being a visible minority in this industry still affects me.
The TV star continued: I cant compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me.
The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work to be had is less as well. However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds.
Menas influence extends further than being a beacon of success for ethnic minorities.
The actor is a proud vegan after swapping meat for a plant-based diet three years ago, and has launched the Evolving Vegan project, which aims to highlight the most intriguing green recipes.
Discussing the project with LiveKindly, Mena said: I wanted to create a community and lifestyle brand that encouraged people to evolve vegan. To move in that direction. To try their hardest and do their best to eliminate animal products from their life. To begin the process. I think there is a benefit anytime anyone reduces their animal intake and their environmental impact.
He might just be perfect.
It seems Menas casting in Aladdin couldnt be more fitting as he has previously named the late Robin as inspiration in everything he did.
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He told The Hudsucker: He was an incredibly well-rounded actor but I grew up on his role in Mrs. Doubtfire. That role by itself is very well-rounded and he goes through an amazing journey in that movie. I think its very underrated.
Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, also stars Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.
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