Release Date and Full Cast of Jon Favreau’s Live-Action The Lion King Announced

Disney ended the day the only way they know how, with a bombshell.  That bombshell comes in the form of the long-awaited release date for Jon Favreau‘s Live-Action adaptation of The Lion King.  Citizens of the United States and Disney fans across the country will see Simba’s journey on the big screen on July 19, 2019

Unfortunately, that’s a bit longer than most of us would like, but if it’s anything like Favreau’s last Disney film, the wait will be well worth it.  Favreau’s last film was a little diddy called The Jungle Book, which amassed over $966 million.  It’s understood that The Lion King will follow in that same vein, in terms of production.  Also following what made The Jungle Book great was an all-star cast of voices.

Today, Disney released the full cast list, in addition to the release date.

As the picture (above) suggests, we will hear the following actors in July 2019:

  • Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as Simba,
  • Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Nala
  • James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Mufasa
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Twelve Years a Slave,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”) as Scar
  • Alfre Woodard (“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) as Simba’s mother, Sarabi
  • JD McCrary (OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Paynes,” Apple’s “Vital Signs”) as Young Simba
  • Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) as Young Nala
  • John Kani (“Coriolanus,” Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War”) as Rafiki
  • John Oliver (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as Zazu
  • Seth Rogen (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors”) as Pumbaa
  • Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” FX’s “American Horror Story”) as Timon.
  • Florence Kasumba (NBC’s “Emerald City,” Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”) as Shenzi
  • Eric André (Adult Swim’s “The Eric André Show,” FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman”) as Azizi
  • Keegan-Michael Key(“Predator,” Netflix’s “Friends from College”) as Kamari.

This is quite the list Disney compiled for The Lion King.  We already knew about Glover, Jones, and Ejiofor, but it’s nice to finally see that the woman known as The Queen (Beyonce) has been confirmed as Nala.  Additionally, it’ll be interesting to hear the sultry pipes of Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner sing Hakuna Matata and such.  That’s a duo I can’t wait to see in action!

Sound off which cast member you are most excited to see when The Lion King makes its triumphant debut (again) on July 19, 2019!