We could not contain our joy when we first heard about the upcoming live-action reimagining of The Lion King, especially since it’s being helmed by Jon Favreau, who also directed last year’s live-action film The Jungle Book. Today, Favreau made two casting announcements for The Lion King on Twitter, and it seriously made us burst into tears of joy. Take a look:
Let’s take a moment to let that sink in. Yes, you saw it right, two of our favorite actors on the planet will be joining the voice cast of The Lion King. The incomparable James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film, and the amazing Donald Glover will voice adult Simba. We have so many emotions right now: joy, excitement, gratitude, more joy.
The live-action reimagining of The Lion King is next in line after recent retellings of animated classics like Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast on March 17. We are so excited to see more of what is sure to be a breathtaking visual story, as Favreau and The Lion King team bring a photorealistic life to the story of Simba, building on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book. Combined with amazing voice talent like James Earl Jones and Donald Glover, we’re sure to be in for an amazing experience.
We’ll be celebrating this casting news until further notice.