I've been hyperventilating about this news since it broke yesterday. Walt Disney Studios has announced a live-action remake of The Lion King 2019, and cast is something out of a dream. When I first saw the lineup yesterday, I reserved my excitement until an hour of Googling confirmed that, YES, this is real. I just don't even know how to process it.
Disney has assembled quite possible the most all-star cast to ever grace the silver screen. The film will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also directed the live-action version of The Jungle Book. The movie will follow the storyline of the original animated film. In case you need a refresher, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion trying to save his pride after his Uncle Scar kills his father Mufasa in a coup.
In the live-action version, Simba will be played by Donald Glover (excellent choice). James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, the character he voiced in the animated version. Alfre Woodard will play Sarabi, Simba's mother. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Scar, and holy crap, isn't that perfect? His voice just oozes Scar-ness. Seth Rogan plays the role he was born to play as Pumba, the flatulent warthog. And John Oliver as Zazu is amazing.
Literally every role is perfect. The cast is PERFECT. No word on if the movie will resemble the super popular Broadway show, or if it'll be more computer-generated imagery. I do not care at all, I will see it either and any way. mark your calendars, the new The Lion King 2019 hits theaters in two years, July 2019. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
(Image: Disney / The Lion King)