Donald Glover, James Earl Jones to Star in Jon Favreau’s “Lion King” Movie


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and are set to play Simba and Mufasa, respectively, in ’s reimagining of at Disney, the director announced via Twitter on Friday.

The project follows Favreau’s groundbreaking The Jungle Book, which grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide.

Like Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, Favreau’s Lion King will include songs from the animated film.

1994’s The Lion King is one of the most success animated films of all time, with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million. It won Oscars for Hans Zimmer’s original score and Elton John’s original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” while the soundtrack sold over 14 million copies.

In 1997, a stage production of The Lion King made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards. It remains one of Broadway’s biggest hits and has spawned productions around the world.

Glover has been on fire this year, winning a Golden Globe for his FX series Atlanta and being cast as Lando Calrissian in Disney’s Han Solo movie. He also has a key role in Spider-Man: Homecoming that has yet to be identified.

Jones voiced Mufasa in the animated Lion King and it’s great to see him reprise that iconic role. We’ll see if Favreau casts Jeremy Irons as Scar.

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