The Live Action Version Of Disney's The Lion King Has Found It's Simba (And Mufasa)
Donald Glover just can't wait to be king!
Donald Glover will need to start practicing his roaring skills as it has been announced he has been cast as Simba in the live action version of Disney’s The Lion King.
The 33-year-old Atlanta actor – who also makes music under the name Childish Gambino – will take the title role in an upcoming film.
Director Jon Favreau shared the exciting news when he made the announcement on Twitter.
“I just can’t wait to be king,” the director wrote alongside a photo of Donald and the hashtag #Simba.
Jon also revealed that the original voice of Simba’s dad, James Earl Jones, would also be in the film – reprising his iconic character.
“Looking forward to working with this legend,” Jon wrote with a photo of James and the hashtag #Mufasa.
Jon previously directed Disney’s live action version of The Jungle Book which had Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson among stars portraying animated, talking animals.
Jon has also previously directed Iron Man movies – as well as starring as Happy Hogan, the bodyguard of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in the Marvel film series.
Planning for the live action version for The Lion King is still in the early stages with no release date announced yet.
The 1994 original was an animation triumph that used state of the art (at the time) computer technology to create lush, dramatic scenes.
Although for many, the film (based on Shakespeare’s Hamelt) will forever be a traumatic experience thanks to the brutal murder of Simba’s dad Mufasa by his evil uncle Scar.
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