First Big Names Announced For Middle East Film & Comic-Con

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Fancy meeting Aladdin or Superman?

The organisers of this year’s Middle East Film & Comic-Con (MEFCC), taking place in Dubai next month, have revealed four of the Hollywood names set to appear at the event. Visitors will have an opportunity to get autographs, take photos, ask questions, and attend talks with the stars.

From the Middle East is Mena Massoud, who was born in Egypt and speaks fluent Arabic – he was recently seen in the lead role of Disney’s Aladdin, a live-action remake of the 1992 animated original, which also starred Will Smith as the Genie.

And while Massoud uses a magic carpet to fly, for the guest he’ll be joined by it comes naturally. Brandon Routh played the title role in 2006’s Superman Returns, embracing the spirit of the earlier Christopher Reeve movies. Over the last few years, he’s starred in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on TV, playing a different superhero, the Atom, but got to don the red cape again to play the Superman of an alternate reality in the show’s mega-crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Another star of TV making an appearance is Elodie Yung, the French actress who played Elektra in two of Marvel’s Netflix TV series – first in season two of Daredevil, and then in the follow-up, The Defenders. She also had a role on the big screen in GI Joe: Retaliation.

Of course, all heroes need a reliable sidekick, and for Indiana Jones that has often been Sallah, the Egyptian excavator, played by John Rhys-Davis, who will also be present. The British actor featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, playing Gimli the dwarf and voicing the tree giant, Treebeard. His many other roles include the sci-fi TV show Sliders.

Look out for cosplayers, and a wealth of Marvel and DC comic artists too, including local talent. The event will be held from March 5-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with day tickets starting at AED115.

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