Jon Favreau, the mastermind behind the live-action remake of The Jungle Book, is now trying to tackle one of Disney’s most popular films, The Lion King. We knew this live-action CGI remake was coming, but now it feels more real because the full voice cast has been revealed.
We knew Donald Glover would be voicing Simba, and we knew James Earl Jones would be returning to his classic Mufasa role, and now we know Beyonce has joined the cast as Nala.
As you can see in the image above, Billy Eichner, John Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key have also joined the impressive cast. Favreau said in a statement that this cast is like a dream, “It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life.”
The film is scheduled to hit theaters July 19, 2019, so we still have nearly two years to wait. It will be very interesting to see how Favreau pulls this off.
He nailed The Jungle Book, but The Lion King is a completely different beast. The Jungle Book is a classic, but The Lion King is THE classic.