Donald Glover & James Earl Jones Board Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lion King’

The Lion King

Jon Favreau, the director of Disney’s live-action hit The Jungle Book, is starting to put together cast for his next project: the photorealistic live-action The Lion King. Favreau just tweeted that Atlanta star Donald Glover will voice Simba (the adult version, Disney says) and James Earl Jones will be Mufasa in the redo, the latter reprising his role from the 1994 animated original.

Veteran scribe Jeff Nathanson is penning the screenplay in for Disney’s latest effort to reinvigorate its animated classics. The Jungle Book has grossed $967 million worldwide and has an Oscar nomination. It also cleaned up at the VES Awards last week. Next up is Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, which opens wide March 17.

The animated Lion King was released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office of $968.8M. It also spawned the smash musical, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and in October will mark 20 consecutive years playing on Broadway.

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