Though a lot of people are excited to see Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, he’s also been cast as the adult Simba in Jon Favreau’s Lion King reboot for 2019. What’s cool is, Glover had brought his co-star J.D. McCrary, who plays young Simba, to sing with him during the Grammy Awards this year.
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Ever since his days on Community, Glover has proven himself to be one versatile artist. After finding success as rapper Childish Gambino, he has also created his own show on FX called Atlanta which he writes and stars in. Top that with being added to the Lucasfilm family as one of the smoothest men in the galaxy.
As for the Lion King reboot, Glover and McCrary join a cast which includes Beyonce as Nala, John Oliver as Zazu, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. James Earl Jones will be the only one from the original cast reprising his role of Mufasa.
I can imagine a lot of fans are pissed that Disney would attempt to remake a classic. There is no doubt, however, that these live-action remakes make a lot of money (e.g. Beauty and the Beast). Let’s just be happy that a good director like Jon Favreau is at the helm. The Jungle Book was a fine film. Maybe Lion King will be better?
Disney’s CG-action version of The Lion King comes out July 19, 2019.