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.