Aladdin live-action trailer 2019: Who is Mena Massoud?

Mena Massoud
Mena Massoud stars as Aladdin in Disney’s new live-action movie. Pic credit: Disney

Disney released the first full-length trailer for Aladdin this morning and this trailer gives a first look at what the entire movie will look like. Over the past couple of months, Disney has only released smaller clips and scenes from the movie that haven’t given the full picture of what the experience would be like.

But today’s trailer appears to have changed people’s minds, as it starts to set the tone of the traditional Aladdin-feel that Disney fans love.

Check out the trailer below.

In this trailer, fans get to see more of Mena Massoud, the actor who plays Aladdin. Massoud is a native Egyptian, but he was raised in Markham, Ontario, Canada. He attended and graduated from Ryerson University’s theatre program.

In his early acting career, he starred in Open Heart as Jared Malik. But it wasn’t Massoud’s acting experience alone that landed him the role on Aladdin, as he had to go through a lengthy audition process that included multiple auditions with candidates from around the world.

And it’s clear that this role means a lot to him, as he commented on the new trailer on his Twitter account, sharing that he’s still pinching himself over the opportunity to play Aladdin.

When he isn’t acting, he’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. During high school, he played basketball as part of the Ontario Basketball Association.

He’s also the founder of Evolving Vegan, which is a company dedicated to the vegan lifestyle. There is a shop, recipes, and even video episodes talking about vegan food and recipes around the United States.

Other than Aladdin, Mena Massoud can be seen in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan where he starred as Tarek Kassar. After his role as Aladdin, Mena will be playing Ethan Hart in Reprisal, which is a television series set to come out in 2019.

He’s also currently working on a movie called Warning, which is in pre-production.

Aladdin was previously criticized by Disney fans for the excessive use of CGI and Jafar’s unmenacing delivery. But, after the full-length trailer was released this morning, it appears that fans are a bit more forgiving.

Aladdin is set to be released in theaters on May 24, 2019.

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