The cast of the all-new “Lion King” film just got some more star power added to it. Beyoncé is set to play the role of Nala in the new version of the Disney classic. Queen bee is not the only other big name to join the cast, Atlanta creator and Emmy winner Donald Glover is also set to join the cast of the Jon Favreau directed film.
“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau in a statement. Favreau is coming off the success of his remake of another classic “The Jungle Book.”
James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the 1994 original as Simba’s father Mufasa, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is stepping into the villain role as Simba’s uncle Scar. Alfre Woodard is voicing Simba’s mother Sarabi, with child actor JD McCrary playing the young version of Simba. Shahadi Wright Joseph is voicing the young Nala. Other actors playing the good guys include John Kani as the baboon Rafiki and John Oliver voicing Mufasa’s confidant, the hornbill Zazu.
The new Lion King opens July 19, 2019.
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