Hakuna Matata! The Lion King Is Coming Back and Promises To Be Better Than Ever!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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.”
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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.
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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”.

Favreau also tweeted a photo of Jones writing “Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa”.

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The Original Lion King

Released back in 1994, the original “Lion King” was one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time hauling in $968.5 million worldwide.
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Disney’s Live Action Reboots

Live action reboots have been all the rage lately with “Maleficent” (shown above) from 2014, “Cinderella” in 2015 and “Beauty and the Beast” to be released this year on March 17.
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Writer Jeff Nathanson

The new “Lion King”, being written by Jeff Nathanson, is being fast-tracked. Nathanson’s writing credits include “Catch Me If You Can”, “Rush Hour 2” (shown above) and “Rush Hour 3”.
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Hakuna Matata!
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