James Earl Jones Returns as Mufasa for The Lion King Remake; Donald Glover Cast as Simba

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Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast is hitting theaters in just a few weeks, but they’re already hard at work on their next animated to live-action film, The Lion King.  Late this evening, director Jon Favreau revealed two amazing casting choices for his upcoming adaptation.  

I mean, we normally don’t work this late on a Friday evening but there was no way I could pass on getting this posted.  Not to mention I’m up with our new infant anyway…Regardless, this is some damn fine and exciting casting.  Donald Glover (who’s set to play a young version of Lando in the currently filming Han Solo movie) has been cast to voice Simba, the primary character in the film. 

It’s some damn fine voice casting and I’m excited to see what he brings to the CG role, but what’s REALLY exciting is the fact that Jon Favreau has brought back James Earl Jones to voice Mufasa!  

Acclaimed actors James Earl Jones and Donald Glover have joined the voice cast of Disney and director Jon Favreau’s live-action reimagining of The Lion King. Donald Glover will voice adult Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa, which he made famous in the 1994 animated film. 

The Lion King follows in the footsteps of Disney’s contemporary re-envisioning of some of its most beloved classics with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and debuting in theaters on March 17. In addition, Disney recently collaborated with Favreau on the Oscar-nominated smash hit The Jungle Book.

For The Lion King, Disney and Favreau will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life. The film’s release date has not been announced.

How freaking cool is that?!  Seriously, it’s hard to imagine anyone else being able to step up and voice such an iconic character from the animated film, so it’s great to see Jones making a return.  Now we just have to see who else is coming in to flesh out the rest of the voice cast. 

-Jordan