NEWS FLASH: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones Join The Lion King Reboot

One new cast member and one returning face voice have boarded Disney’s live-action The Lion King reboot…


Donald Glover just can’t wait to be king – as he is voicing Simba in the new The Lion King! 

This is the latest prominent role for the actor, as he is also playing a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars movie. He will also play a supporting part in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

Joining him as his on-screen father will be James Earl Jones. Jones, of course, previously played the wise Mufasa in the original 1994 animated classic. We hardly need to point it out, but he also has a Star Wars connection – having voiced Darth Vader in all his movie appearances. Most recently in 2016’s Rogue One.

Glover will surely be a fun, fresh take on Simba, but the best part of this casting announcement is the fact that Jones is back on board. It’s fantastic news that director Jon Favreau is not afraid to borrow actors from the original movie, as most of them absolutely nailed their roles. Now, if Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella can all reprise their roles as well, we will be very happy.

4 thoughts on “NEWS FLASH: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones Join The Lion King Reboot

      1. If I’m being honest, I wouldn’t mind any other characters played by other actors as long as they can do a roughly good impression or give a unique take.
        It’s just James Earl Jones has quite an iconic voice to the movie that I’m sure nobody could have topped it.
        If I could choose a few more characters that I want to voice the character in the live action then it would be Timon and Pumbaa because they have unique voices which is what adds to the funniness


      2. That’s fair enough. You’ve got to have a different slant on the characters, otherwise it’s pointless doing a remake.

        Yeah, James Earl Jones just has a totally unique voice. It would be like someone else voicing Darth Vader – it would just be wrong.

        Keeping the original Timon and Pumbaa is a good idea. The originals have brilliantly comic voices.

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