The new Lion King cast is slowly coming together — and we'd be lion if we didn't say we were excited!
Puns aside, the 1994 animated movie is just one of many Disney classics being remade over the next two years, and some major Hollywood stars have already signed on.
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Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has been tapped to play Simba, who must return to the Pride Lands to avenge the death of his father Mufasa by his uncle Scar.
Once again, the voice of Mufasa will be courtesy of James Earl Jones, who will be reprising his role two decades later.
I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017
I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will team up to play Simba's sidekicks Timon and Pumbaa — and we can already hear them singing "Hakuna Matata."
Director Jon Favreau revealed the movie would not be live action but it will have similar elements to last year's The Jungle Book remake, which he also directed.
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“The Jungle Book was 50 years ago, but The Lion King was only 20. It came out in the age of video where people were watching it over and over again,” Favreau said during the Tribeca Film Festival. “So I have to prioritize that when I’m directing. I have to try and honor what was there. In some ways, it's like bringing a Broadway play back because there are certain expectations.”
He continued, "But you gotta live up to what they want. There's an added pressure to these beloved stories, especially these deep-seated ones, because there's an emotional connection.”
Fans are patiently waiting to see who will be cast as the villain Scar, lioness Nala, and Simba's trusty advisor Zazu.
Disney gave the project a release date of July 19, 2019.
For a look at the new cast, click through the gallery below!
The Atlanta star will voice the famous Disney lion for the 2019 remake.
Simba was originally played by Broadway and Hollywood actor Matthew Broderick.