Yes, you read that right: Disney’s beloved animated feature The Lion King is getting a ‘live-action’ reboot.
Director Jon Favreau announced the project back in September last year, and now the cast is being brought together to bring the characters to life. Donald Glover will be taking the role of Simba, and James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Mufasa.
Now, we know that James Earl Jones has more than enough experience bringing life to Simba’s father after voicing the animated character in 1994 - and, let’s be honest, there’s really no-one better for the job. And we all know that Donald Glover, having recently snagged the role of a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo spinoff, definitely has the credentials to voice one of Disney’s most iconic and beloved characters.
While calling the film a ‘live-action’ remake doesn’t quite seem accurate given the lack of any living, breathing actors on screen, it will be bringing the animal cast as close to realism as possible using the same incredible visual effects technology used in last year’s remake of The Jungle Book (which Favreau also directed). And as someone who has loved The Lion King since I can remember, I personally can’t wait to see how they pull this off.
There’s no word on a release date yet, but we’ll definitely keep you posted.