Disney’s The Lion King Remake Cast + Release Date

Be prepared! There’s a finalized cast and release date for an updated Disney classic. Here’s the latest scoop on the cast of Disney’s The Lion King remake.

In 1994, Disney’s The Lion King earned 968.5 million during the movie’s original run. The Lion King is about a young boy, who couldn’t wait to be king, remembering who he is, and returning home after a tragedy. The soundtrack is legendary. Disney’s The Lion King showcased puppetry at its finest in it’s Broadway musical.

Director Jon Favreau hopes to recreate the magic and success with his remake of this Disney classic. Since the announcement of the remake, fans learned of Disney casting John Oliver as Zazu, and Donald Glover as Simba. Fans speculated who would play Rafiki, Scar, and Nala.

A post from Beyoncé’s Facebook page Wednesday night gave everyone the answers they were looking for, and a few surprises.

Beyoncé confirmed her role as Nala. Donald Glover plays future king Simba. James Earl Jones, who played Mufasa in the original, reprises his role. Chiwetel Ejiofor is mastermind Scar. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan cover the lovable duo Timon and Pumbaa. Rafiki will be playwright John Kani.

Favreau’s remake of famous faces continues. Alfre Woodard plays Simba’s mother, Sarabi. Zazu, the John Oliver. Eric Andre’s Azizi, Florence Kasumba’s Shenzi, and Keegan-Michael Key’s Kamari are Scar’s hench-hyenas. Banazi and Ed received the names Azizi and Kamari for this remake.

This movie will mimic the style of Disney’s 2016 The Jungle Book. The hyperrealistic computer-generated characters and landscape will bring The Lion King to life. This movie will be breathtaking in IMAX. Summer 2019 could mean anything from May to August. Disney plans to release The Lion King on July 19, 2019.

Disney’s The Lion King hits theaters July 19, 2019.

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  1. It would be interesting to see Beyonce in that role. All that star power they have amassed for the new Lion King is very much impressive, I still think they could have cast someone else for Scar.

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