Building a Career: The Rise of Dutch Actor Marwan Kenzari in Hollywood

News - 31 December 2023
The Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari may not be a household name, but he has been steadily building a successful career in Hollywood with roles in both major blockbusters and smaller films. Starting his career in 2008 with supporting roles in Dutch series like Flikken Maastricht, Katia's Sister, and Loft, Kenzari quickly gained recognition in the Netherlands with films such as Rabat, Wolf, and Lucia de B..

nnHis transition to Hollywood began with his role in the 2016 action film Collide, where he starred alongside big names like Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Kingsley. This was followed by roles in films like Ben-Hur, The Promise, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Mummy in 2017. However, it was his portrayal of the villain Jafar in Disney's Aladdin in 2019 that truly put him on the map in Hollywood.

nnIn 2020, Kenzari appeared in The Old Guard opposite Charlize Theron, and in 2022, he starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam. While this year, he only appeared in the action film Ghosted with Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, fans can look forward to seeing him in at least three Hollywood films in 2024.nnThese upcoming projects include The Old Guard 2, where he reprises his role from the first film, the historical drama The Return with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, and the romantic comedy Any Other Night directed by Dutch filmmaker Michiel ten Horn.

Despite his success in Hollywood, Kenzari has not forgotten his roots in the Netherlands. In 2020, he starred in the powerful war film De Oost, portraying the character Raymond 'The Turk' Westerling.nnWith a diverse range of roles in both Dutch and Hollywood films, Kenzari continues to showcase his talent as an actor.

While he may not be as well-known as some of his Hollywood counterparts, his impressive body of work speaks for itself. As he prepares to take on new projects in the coming years, audiences can expect to see even more of Marwan Kenzari on the big screen.