Donald Glover and James Earl Jones Cast in Lion King

Atlanta star Donald Glover has been cast as Simba in the “live-action”, or at least photo-realistic, adaptation of Lion King alongside James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Donald Glover and James Earl Jones are the first two stars to be cast in the adaptation of Disney’s 1994 animated classic, Lion King.  The film is part of the Mouse House’s latest trend of adapting their animated hits into live-action versions, following the successes of Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent and Jungle Book.  Lion King will be slightly different than those listed above because there won’t actually be anything “live” on the screen (at least that’s the assumption unless they mix in real animals in wide shots or utilize actual African landscapes as the backdrop for their CGI) as director Jon Favreau will build upon the cutting edge technology that brought the animals to life in Jungle Book to recreate the characters populating the Kenyan savanna.

Here’s the report from The Hollywood Reporter, followed by the official announcements made by Jon Favreau fro his Twitter account.

“Donald Glover is going to be king.  The actor has been cast in Disney’s remake of The Lion King as Simba, with director Jon Favreau announcing the news Friday on Twitter. The helmer also revealed that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the beloved father character he voiced in the 1994 animated original.”

What do you think of the casting so far?  As soon as I heard they were doing an adaptation of Lion King I said to my wife that there were at least two actors that needed to reprise their roles, James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Nathan Lane as Timon.  They’re halfway there.  I wonder if any of the other original voice actors will be returning or if they’ll opt to go with new talent for the remaining roles.  Lion King doesn’t have a release date at this time but I will keep you posted as soon as I learn any new information about this project.

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