Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action production of The Lion King is quickly shaping up to be one of 2019’s most anticipated films. And with good reason. After a teaser was shown at D23 earlier this year, the Internet went crazy wanting more. And now the Internet is going crazy again…
Yesterday, Disney officially announced the full voice cast, confirming that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be voicing Nala opposite Donald Glover’s Simba. The cast also includes James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, And John Kani as Rafiki. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will voice Pumbaa and Timon respectively, while Eric André, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key will take on the roles of the hyenas.
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Here’s the official plot synopsis:
From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.
So what do you think about the casting news? Are you excited for what is shaping up to be an epic production of a beloved Disney classic?