Last year, It was announced that Disney were planning to recreate The Lion King and in September, they brought in Jon Favreau (who directed last year’s Jungle Book remake) to direct the live action remake.
The original 1994 animated movie is a beloved classic, following the life of a young Simba as he has to grow up after his father and king of the jungle Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) was killed by his wicked uncle Scar. The multiple award winning movie quickly became a fan favorite and now it’s being brought back.
Director Jon Favreau took to twitter to announce the first two cast members,
Donald Glover is about the same age as Matthew Broderick was when the original was released and like Broderick, we know Glover is capable of switching effortlessly between light comedy and weightier drama when needed as is evident in his FX show, Atlanta.
James Earl Jones as Mufasa is a perfect fit as well as he voiced the original movie. First, his signature voice in the original had that majestic and commanding yet kind and father-like feel that we have all come to attribute to Mufasa. Even though more than 20 years have passed, his voice still sounds magnificent and his abilities as an actor have not diminished.
Just like Favreau’s remake of The Jungle Book, the film will utilize CGI technology and green screen to transform the beloved 1994 animated movie into a live-action movie.
The Lion King joins a wave of live-action Disney films rebooted from the company’s legendary catalog, including The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, the upcoming Beauty & The Beast and the planned Little Mermaid remake.
We’re still waiting on Disney to give us a release date but just for fun, here’s the trailer for the original 1994 movie.