Jon Favreau is directing the film, which roars into theaters on July 19, 2019. Oh, and Hans Zimmer is coming back to do the score!
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John Kani (Black Panther’s father in Captain America: Civil War) will voice Rafiki, while Beyoncé is still believed to be Disney’s top choice for Nala.
In the classic 1994 animated film, Zazu served as a key advisor to Mufasa, and later, his son Simba. The character was voiced by Rowan Atkinson.
Timon and Pumbaa are the lovable meerkat and warthog who introduced the Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata” into popular culture via a particularly catchy little number from the original 1994 animated movie.
What’s interesting about the release date for Episode IX is that it seems to be positioning the Star Wars franchise for a shift from December to May, as the Avatar sequels just claimed December release dates in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025.
Jones voiced Mufasa in the original animated Lion King, while Glover continues his incredible year by landing the lead in this ambitious “reimagining.”
After finding success together with the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are reteaming to bring a live-action version of The Lion King to the big screen.