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Everything you need to know about your new Aladdin, Mena Massoud

Get the low-down.

By Mahalia Chang
Mena Massoud.

There may be a touch of controversy surrounding the casting of Princess Jasmine in the upcoming Aladdin remake, but we can all agree that the casting choice for the diamond-in-the-rough himself, Mena Massoud, has been widely embraced and loved.

A reportedly extremely lengthy casting process, lead by director Guy Ritchie, ended up with the 24-year-old Canadian being cast, and we, for one, can't wait to see him step into Aladdin's adorably pointy shoes.

Here, everything you need to know about Mr Massoud.

How old is Mena Massoud?

Mena was born on September 24, 1992, which makes him 24.(And a Virgo.)

Where is Mena Massoud from?

Mena is actually Canadian! He was born in Egypt, and then he moved to Canada when he was three, where he has lived ever since.

Is Mena Massoud Egyptian?

Yes! The Disney casting department was keen to find someone with Arab heritage to play the role, since the movie is set in historical Arabia. Mena is Coptic Egyptian.

What has Mena Massoud been in?

Mena's impressive filmography includes Jack Ryan, Saving Hope and Open Heart.

How do you pronounce Mena Massoud?

Mena's name is pronounced Mee-nah Mah-sood.

Does Mena Massoud have Instagram?

Yes! Mena is a keen Instagrammer, who often shares shots of his friends, his upcoming roles, his wild curls (watch out for the hashtag #crazyhair) and his fitness progress. His handle is @menamassey.

Does Mena Massoud have Twitter?

Yep! His handle is @MenaMassoud.

Does Mena Massoud have Snapchat?

Unfortunately, we don't think so.

Does Mena Massoud have any siblings?

Yes, Mena has one sister named Margaret.

Where did Mena Massoud go to school?

Mena studied Theatre and Acting at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.