After the announcement of a director for its live action version of Mulan, Disney’s now turned its attention to the re-boot of The Lion King, helmed by Jon Favreau.
After the overwhelming success of The Jungle Book, the omens have to be good for The Lion King, although the absence of any human characters does dangle a question mark over the idea of it being live action. But, with his background in big budget blockbusters and indie movies, if anybody can pull that one off, it’ll be Favreau.
And he’s now cast his two leading men, with the role of Simba going to Donald Glover and James Earl Jones as Mufasa, the father and son duo at the centre of the film. For the 86 year old Earl Jones, it’s a return to a role that he voiced in the 1994 original, although he’s probably best remembered as the voice of Star Wars’ Darth Vaear. And for Glover, this is his second Disney project, as he’s also taking on the role of Lando Carlrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo movie.
Favreau took to Twitter to announce both pieces of casting, saying he was looking forward to working with the legendary Earl Jones.
The Lion King joins the swelling ranks of live-action Disney adaptations, which also include Mulan, Alice In Wonderland and The Little Mermaid, which will feature music from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken. First, however, comes the much-anticipated Beauty And The Beast, which hits British cinemas on 17 March.