Hakuna Matata! What else needs to be said? The “Lion King” is back and promises to be than the original. Not only is the 1994 Disney classic back, it’s coming back as a live-action remake.
The two primary roles have been set: Donald Glover has been cast to play Simba; and James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa.
Donald Glover as Simba
Glover, the creator and one of the stars of the FX series “Atlanta”, is a true rising star. His played the role of Rich Purnell in “The Martian” (2015) and will play the role of Lando Calrissian in an untitled “Star Wars” Han Solo spin-off film due to be released in 2018.
Glover won the Golden Globe in 2017 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy while “Atlanta” won for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
James Earl Jones as Mufasa
Jones has a long list of credits in his illustrious movie career including “Star Wars”, “Field of Dreams” and “Coming to America”.
Jones voiced the role of Mufasa in the original animated version and now he’s back, 23 years later. In 2016, he voiced the role of Darth Vader in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Director Jon Favreau
The Lion King remake will be directed by Jon Favreau who is also redirecting the Jungle Book 2. Favreau also directed the original Jungle Book live-action remake released last year.
Favreau has also been the executive producer on recent hits including the “The Avengers”, the “Avengers: Age of Ulton” and all three Iron Man films.
Favreau confirmed the Disney classic reboot by tweeting a photo of Glover along with the message “I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba”.