Disney has confirmed that they are making a live-action reboot of the classic animated movie The Lion King.
The film, which is slated to come out in the summer of 2019, has an all-star cast featuring Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala.
The animated movie has been a beloved children’s classic since it hit theaters in 1994. James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa (Simba’s father) will reprise his role in the new live-action version.
Other cast members include John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.
On November 1, 2017, Disney shared the news of the new movie on their Facebook page, where it was met with a ton of excitement. That was immediately outshadowed, though, when Beyoncé posted the news on her Facebook page.
In less than 14 hours, Beyoncé’s post had racked up over 237,000 shares and over 757,000 reactions. Needless to say, people are over the moon about the casting of the new film.
The Lion King will join the ranks of Disney’s other live-action movies, including Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast.
Disney is also planning to remake some of their other classic movies with live casts, including Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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