The Lion King Cast

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In a string of live-action remakes, like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has now added The Lion King to the list. It is set to arrive in the summer of 2019 and the cast of the film has just been released.

Donald Glover, who created and stars in the Golden Globe winning show Atlanta will take on the role of Simba, the future king and ruler of the Pride Lands.

James Earl Jones, of Coming to America and the Star Wars film series and who was the original voice of Mufasa in 1994, will return for the same role for the remake.

Alfre Woodard of the Netflix’s show Luke Cage will play Sarabi, Mufasa’s wife and Simba’s mother.

          12 Years a Slave’s, Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the primary antagonist of the film, Scar.

The thirty-six year old singer and actress, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will provide the voice of Nala, Simba’s love interest.

John Oliver, of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver was chosen suitably for the part of  Zazu, Mufasa’s top advisor.

Canadian-American comedian, actor, and filmmaker, Seth Rogen will play the role of the dim witted warthog, Pumbaa.

Timon will be played by Billy Eichner of American Horror Story and Billy on the Street.

Keegan-Michael Key, famous for his characters in the sketch comedy show Key & Peele and more recently his role in the Netflix’s Friends from College, will be playing one of Scar’s hyena minions along with Eric Andre, of his self titled show.

While the movie is live-action it might not be in the way you expect. The director says that the film will feature pioneering filmmaking techniques that will show new take on the classic movie. While the animals in the film obviously won’t be real, if you’ve seen what they look like in The Jungle Book they might as well be.