Walt Disney Studios has released the complete cast of the upcoming Lion King film from Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.
Members of the cast that have already been reported on include Donald Glover as Simba, John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Puumba and Timon and James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa. With this new photo from Disney, we see the rest of the all-star cast including confirmation of Beyonce taking on the role of Nala.
Favreau introduced some of the first footage this summer during Disney’s D23 celebration and the audience in attendance was blown away by the footage of a real African landscape populated with real animals overseeing the iconic moment when Rafiki (John Kani) introduces young Simba to the world.
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 with 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.
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