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The Lion King cast was just announced today on social media. Beyoncé Knowles will voice Nala in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the hit 1994 animated feature.
Back in February, director Jon Favreau (who also directed the similar live-action version of The Jungle Book in 2016 and has a sequel in the works now) announced Donald Glover (Atlanta, The Martian) would play Simba, and James Earl Jones would reprise his role from the animated film as Mufasa.
Today we’ve learned that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) will play Scar. John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key and Alfre Woodard will also star, and the hilarious duo of Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will portray Timon and Pumbaa.
The entire cast announcement was shared on social media with this image:
The Lion King was released on June 15, 1994, to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music, story and animation. The film featured Jonathan Taylor Thomas as young Simba, and Matthew Broderick as the adult version of the lion cub.
It finished its theatrical run as the highest-grossing release of 1994 and the second highest-grossing film of all time. The Lion King is also the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time.
Disney produced a musical stage adaptation of the same name, which opened on Broadway in October 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical became one of the most successful in Broadway history, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is still running to this day in New York.
It is the third longest-running show and highest grossing Broadway production in history.
Favreau’s upcoming adaptation will be a CGI live-action remake scheduled for a July 19, 2019, release in the United States.
“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” Favreau said in a statement.