Beyoncé, Donald Glover Among the Cast of ‘The Lion King’ Remake
Today (Nov. 1), Disney Live Action announced the full cast of Jon Favreau's highly-anticipate remake of the 1994 classic animated film, The Lion King. After months of rampant speculation regarding who exactly is going to be in the movie; it's confirmed that Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, original Lion King star James Earl Jones and many more have officially signed on.
Bey posted a photo of the full cast on her Facebook page with a simple caption: "#TheLionKing 2019."
"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life," said Favreau in a statement. Glover is Simba, Beyoncé will star as his best friend-turned-love-interest Nala, with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor as the nefarious Scar, Jones reprising his role as King Mufasa, and Alfre Woodard as Queen Sarabi.
Madge Sinclair, who played Sarabi in the original animated film (and also co-starred alongside James Earl Jones as the similarly-regal Queen Aoleon in 1987s Coming To America) died of leukemia in 1995.
Funny guys Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are starring as fan favorites Timon and Pumba, respectively. Florence Kasumba, Eric André and Keegan-Michael Key will play the dastardly, scene-stealing hyenas.
The Lion King is slated to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.
Watch the Creators of the Original Lion King Discuss The Remake: