Toronto-based actor snags top role in live-action version of "Aladdin"

It's a whole new world for Toronto-based actor Mena Massoud.

He's been cast to play the lead in Disney live-action remake of "Aladdin."

Disney announced the acasting during the D23 Expo, a fan convention in Anaheim, Saturday.

Naomi Scott will star as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.  Guy Ritchie will direct.

Massoud is known for his television roles on "Saving Hope" and "Combat Hospital."

He tweeted out his excited response:


So honored & grateful for the opportunity to help bring this magical story to life once again. Let's get to work! #Aladdin #Disney

— Mena Massoud(@MenaMassoud) July 15, 2017

Disney's animated version of "Aladdin" was released in 1992 with the voice talents of Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Linda Larkin as Jasmine and Robin Williams as Genie.

With files from CP24