Saudi rapper lands ‘Spies in Disguise’ gig

Qusai is a Saudi hip-hop artist. (Getty)
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Updated 11 December 2019

Saudi rapper lands ‘Spies in Disguise’ gig

  • Qusai will voice the main character who is played by Will Smith in the original version of the film

DUBAI: The local version of the animated film “Spies in Disguise” is set to release across cinemas in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, and will feature the voices of Saudi hip hop artist Qusai alongside Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached on Dec. 26.




Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached will voice the supporting role. (AFP)​​

Qusai will voice the character of Lance Sterling, who is played by Will Smith in the original version of the film, with Abirached joining in a supporting role that will give Arab audiences the opportunity to listen to the film in their native language.

 

 

“As soon as I was approached to voice the character played by Will Smith in the original version, I felt an immediate connection. Lance Sterling is an incredible character with humor and wit and I really wanted to do the role justice,” Qusai said.




Qusai will voice the character of Lance Sterling. (Supplied)

“Spies in Disguise” follows two characters — super spy Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett — who are exact opposites.


Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

Updated 12 August 2020

Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

  • The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days
  • Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone"

CAIRO: Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea died on Wednesday at the age of 77 after a short illness.
The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days before he died in hospital, Egyptian newspapers said. 
Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone in Egyptian theatrical performance,” Al-Akhbar El-Youm newspaper reported.
Abdel Dayem said that throughout his career he succeeded in performing complex characters and produced a group of immortal works.
The actor, theater director and professor was the dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Cairo.  
He reportedly married nine times, among them his marriage to Egyptian actor Nada Bassiouny.
Born in 1943, in Assiut region, Upper Egypt, Shafea lived in a village for eight years before moving to Cairo with his father.
His love for acting was met with objection from his father, who was a scholar at Al-Azhar Islamic Institute.
Shafea took part in almost 30 films and played a number of roles in many television series, the most prominent of which are “Omar bin Abdul Aziz”, “Haroun Al-Rasheed”, “Bab Al-Khalq”, “Hadret Al Motaham Aby”, and during last Ramadan he participated in “Layalina 80”.