Jon Favreau’s THE LION KING Roars To Life With All-Star Cast!
The Lion King cast has just been announced, and the star power is HUGE! The live-action adaptation of The Lion King features such powerhouse names as James Earl Jones, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Donald Glover, and more, bringing some heavy clout to this masterpiece in the making. I’m super excited about The Lion King cast, and I think you will be, too!
BURBANK, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2017) – The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film “The Lion King” includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, “The Lion King” is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.
“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.
Lions rule the African savanna in “The Lion King,” which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Twelve Years a Slave,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard(“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Paynes,” Apple’s “Vital Signs”) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.
Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani (“Coriolanus,” Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War”) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he relies on two newfound friends—Seth Rogen (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors”) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” FX’s “American Horror Story”) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat, Timon.
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged by betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.
The Lion King Cast are Heavy Hitters
Here’s a rundown of the amazing cast of this new live-action adaptation of one of Disney’s most iconic animated films.
- Donald Glover – Simba
- Beyonce Knowles-Carter – Nala
- James Earl Jones – Mufasa
- Chiwetel Ejiofor – Scar
- Alfre Woodard – Sarabi
- Jon Oliver – Zazu
- John Kani – Rafiki
- Set Rogan – Pumbaa
- Billy Eichner – Timon
- Eric Andre – Azizi
- Florence Kasumba – Shenzi
- Keegan-Michael Kay – Kamari
- JD McCrary – Young Simba
- Shahadi Wright Joseph – Young Nala
The Lion King Cast Wows Us July 19, 2019
The Lion King is slated for release this July 19, 2019. The sheer star power of The Lion King cast is sure to make this live adaptation an epic event and a mega hit at the box office. Can you feel the love tonight? Probably. But you’ll feel it more July 19, 2019!