Following the smashing success of 2016’s live-action The Jungle Book (which earned nearly a billion dollars at the box office globally), director Jon Favreau announced last September a similarly live-action version of Disney’s iconic 1994 animated film, The Lion King. Just recently via Twitter, however, Favreau gave us our first update on the upcoming film- James Earl Jones and Donald Glover have been cast as the iconic father/son duo Mufasa and Simba.
James Earl Jones will be returning to the role, as he voiced Mufasa in the original version of the film. Jones has an amazing array of roles and achievements under his belt – but in the geek world, he’s known best as the voice of Star Wars‘ Darth Vader. One thing is for sure, he definitely has the “dad” voice down.
Donald Glover will be taking on the role of Simba, but it remains to be seen if he will voice both cub Simba and the adult version. With his capability of playing an array of ages, it’s quite possible that he will voice Simba at all stages of his life. Glover is best known for his roles in Community and 30 Rock, and has recently earned a Golden Globe for his series Atlanta. He will also appear in the upcoming and as of yet untitled Han Solo prequel film.
Filming on The Lion King has yet to begin, and we’re not quite sure when that production start date will be. With this announcement, though, there is hope that more information shall be coming soon. It will be interesting to learn whose voice will be behind everyone’s favorite villainous lion, Scar. While you wait, you can always rewatch the classic, which you can purchase on Blu Ray here.
It seems live-action remakes of classic films will be big this year, with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast set to come out March 17th, and others in the works. What do you think of the new twists on old classics? What other iconic animated films would you like to see turned in to live-action adventure? Let us know in the comments!