Earlier today, Disney Live Action announced the full all-star cast of Jon Favreau’s new take on the 1994 classic animated film, The Lion King. Stars like Beyoncé, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen have since officially signed on. Beyoncé posted a full picture of the cast on her Facebook account with a simple caption: ‘#TheLionKing 2019’.
Glover will be the future king Simba. Beyonce will take on Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala. James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Simba’s loving father, Mufasa. Chiwetel Ejiofor will answer the call to play Simba’s villainous uncle Scar. Alfre Woodard will take on Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary fills the shoes of Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play tough girl Young Nala.
John Kani has been enlisted to play wise baboon Rafiki. John Oliver will be telling everyone what to do as hornbill Zazu. Seth Rogen will be honing his comedic chops to gaseous warthog Pumba, and Billy Eichner will know it all as the meerkat Timon. Florence Kasumba, Eric André and Keegan-Michael Key will all be appearing as the trouble-making hyenas.
Original The Lion King:
This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne, setting the film into motion. It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film. The movie was the highest grossing animated film for sixteen years until it was surpassed by Toy Story 3. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. In 2016, Disney announced it would be bringing back a live-action version of The Lion King.