After the huge success of live action The Jungle Book, now Disney set for its next upcoming live action movie, The Lion King based on 1994’s movie of the same name. At that time, this animated movie was one of the biggest films of all time with its highest grossing.
The movie is made under the direction of Jon Favreau. Recently movie has cast its many actors for the voice of characters includes Donald Glover as Simba as the lead character, James Earl Jones as Musafa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and John Oliver as Zaza. Earlier, Chiwetel Ejiofor talks to play the villain, Scar.
According to a report from The Wrap, John Kani who plays the T’Chaka character in the Captain America: Civil War, now will voice for Rafiki.
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In the previous film of The Lion King 1994, the role was portrayed by Robert Guillaume. And another cast Alfre Woodard has been selected for a voice actor to play Sarabi who is Simba’s mother, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Alfre has been portrayed in the Netflix’s Luke Cage TV series, the villain Mariah Dillard.
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The Lion King is under production and shooting starts already in Los Angeles. Jeff Nathanson who written the script of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, wrote the script for the Disney’s movie. The producer of the movie Jeffrey Silver and Jon Favreau will use CGI to give animal-filled tale. Despite all of this, still many key characters like Nala, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are remaining to be cast. The movie is set to release on 19 July 2019.
The original film features the story of Simba, a very young lion who is to succeed his father, Musafa, as the king of the Pride Lands. But unfortunately, after Simba’s uncle Scar murder his father, Musafa, Simba is manipulated into thinking that he was the responsible for his father’s death and goes into exile. There he met with two wastrels. Simba befriend with them. After becoming an adult, he seeks to revenge his father’s death and returning to his home to challenge Scar and takes his rightful place in the circle of Life as the Lion King.
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Source: The Wrap and THR