By: Taarek Refaat
WASHINGTON, Mar.14 (SEE)- Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and based on the Arabic folktale from the One Thousand and One Nights, Egyptian Mena Massoud stars in the new Aladdin movie, alongside Super Star Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Tunisian Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen.
The 3D fantasy movie is scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters this May.
The 27 years old Massoud was born in Cairo and raised in Canada. He has starred in short movies including What Happens Next, Americanistan, Let’s Rap, Ordinary Days, Masters in Crime, and Run This Town. He has also participated in TV series including, Nikita, The 99, King, Saving Hope, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, in addition to voice acting for video game Watch Dogs 2.
Smith was the first to join the cast in May 2017. Later that month, Massoud was confirmed for the lead role. Half-Indian actress Naomi Scott was also chosen to play the lead of female Princess Jasmine.
The movie was shot in at Longcross Studios in England, and in Jordan’s Wadi Rum Desert until January 2018.
Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie and co-written by John August based on the Disney’s 1992 animated movie.