Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan hits streaming service Amazon on August 31 with three Middle Eastern actors amongst its cast, and they all have a Dubai connection.
Ali Sulaiman is a prolific Palestinian film, television and stage actor, who has featured in both Arabic and Hollywood productions. Sulaiman’s first Hollywood role was in The Kingdom (2007), which followed a federal agent (Jamie Foxx) as he infiltrated a terrorist cell in Saudi Arabia. He has featured in Body of Lies, Lone Survivor and the TV series The Looming Tower (2018). Sulaiman also played a deranged man in the UAE-directed film Zinzana, and was an adversary in Ali F. Mostafa’s The Worthy. He co-starred with Amir Al Masry, who also acts in Jack Ryan, in the TV mini-series The State. Sulaiman has frequented UAE film festivals to promote his projects in the past.
Amir Al Masry
Amir Al Masry is an up-and-coming British-Egyptian actor, who broke out in the Egyptian film Ramadan Mabrouk Abul-Alamein Hamouda. Al Masry has since starred in the film Rosewater, and made appearances in hit TV shows such as The Night Manager and McMafia. Earlier this year, Al Masry was in Dubai to promote his bilingual coming-of-age film The Arabian Warrior, where he played a Saudi Arabian college student in America with a passion for football.
Formerly Dubai-based, Dina Shihabi is a Saudi Arabian actress working in America. She starred in the 2014 film Amira & Sam as the titular Amira, and went on to act in films such as Cigarette Soup and Cherry Pop. Shihabi was raised partially in the UAE, where she attended dances classes at the recently defunct Dubai Community and Arts Centre (Ductac); she also performed in school plays, and was encouraged by a teacher to pursue acting. She went on to attend the NYU Tisch School for the Arts, after moving to New York City in 2007. Shihabi had also been accepted to Juliard.
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan streams on Amazon Prime Video from August 31.