The cast of Disney’s latest live action remake, The Lion King, has been confirmed. Disney announced the casting today via Twitter, also confirming the widespread speculation that Beyoncé was set to star as Nala. Community star, Donald Glover, will be starring as the heir to Pride Rock himself, Simba.
The iconic voice of James Earl Jones will also be back, reprising his original role as Mufasa from the 1994 animated classic.
The extended cast also includes 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as the comedic relief Timon and Pumba.
— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017
Disney has enlisted The Jungle Book’s Jon Favreau to direct. Despite being touted as a ‘live-action’ remake, the film probably employ the same photorealistic CGI Favreau utilised on The Jungle Book to bring the African plains to life.
The Lion King is set to be released mid-2019 and truth be told, I can’t wait to see the cast rock this track.