As reported by The Huffington Post, Disney announced the full cast for its 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King – and it was met with thunderous roars of approval! *cue The Circle of Life theme song*
And the acclaim is well deserved. We think so, anyway! The iconic lion duo of Simba and Nala will be voiced by none other than the excellent Donald Glover and Beyoncé respectively. But there’s more awesomeness: James Earl Jones, who starred in the original 1994 film will return to lend his voice as Simba’s father, Mufasa, once again. John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will play Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon – a real-life comedic trio to match the fictional one in every respect!
— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017
If there ever was a perfect cast, this comes pretty damn close to it. Furthermore, the original songs are expected to return as well and the film will be a live-action remake. Disney has done the same with The Jungle Book, which was released last year and went on to become a box office smash grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide.
The film, directed by Jon Favreau (Chef, The Jungle Book, Iron Man 1 & 2), will be released in the summer of 2019. Needless to say, we’re confident the movie will be a success and the fans will be ecstatic. But they already are!
Fans were overjoyed with the announcement of the full cast, with many saying Glover’s and Beyoncé’s inclusion, and the casting of Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villainous Scar, would add musical superstar power to an already talented roster.
Check out some of the Tweets below! 2019, you can’t come any sooner!
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) November 1, 2017
— The Root (@TheRoot) November 1, 2017
Is the lion king movie real??? It’s like TOO GOOD to be true
— Lr Thmpsn (@wawawomp) November 1, 2017
my favorite movies ever, ranked:
2) animated lion king
1) beyonce as freaking nala lion king
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) November 1, 2017
— Aᴅᴀᴍ Sʜᴀᴘɪʀᴏ (@adamshapiro) November 1, 2017
me: stop remaking Disney movies!
*sees new Lion King cast*
me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEVENYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA https://t.co/GMtBjPjo1n
— Mamaloo Akbar (@MamoudouNDiaye) November 1, 2017
Chiwetel Ejiofor singing Be Prepared is already the highlight of my 2019. https://t.co/BrTUPPG7K1
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) November 1, 2017