Donald Glover, James Earl Jones Cast In Disney’s Lion King Remake

Disney has found its Simba and Mufasa for the live-action remake of The Lion King.

Donald Glover has been cast to voice adult Simba, director Jon Favreau revealed on Twitter.

In addition, Favreau also announced that James Earl Jones would portray Mufasa.

“Looking forward to working with this legend,” Favreau wrote.

Jones voiced the beloved character in the original 1994 animated classic.

Glover will also portray a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo anthology film. Last December, Jones reprised his role as Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Most recently, Favreau brought The Jungle Book to life last year. The director plans to use the same technology for The Lion King.

The adaptation will feature songs from the original, including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.”

Jeff Nathanson is writing the script.

The Lion King joins other live-action retellings such as Cinderella, Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland.

Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake hits theaters March 17.

Ashley Carter
Ashley Carter
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