The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater, and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.
“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.
The cast includes (above from left to right):
Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter(Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala
James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange) as Simba’s villainous uncle Scar
Alfre Woodard (Juanita, Marvel’s Luke Cage) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother
John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) was tapped as hornbill Zazu
John Kani (Coriolanus, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki
Seth Rogen (Sausage Party, Neighbors) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa
Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, FX’s American Horror Story) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat Timon
Eric André (Adult Swim’s The Eric André Show, FXX’s Man Seeking Woman) is Azizi
Florence Kasumba (NBC’s Emerald City, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther) portrays Shenzi
Keegan-Michael Key (Predator, Netflix’s Friends from College) plays Kamari
JD McCrary (OWN’s Tyler Perry’s The Paynes, Apple’s Vital Signs) fills the shoes of Young Simba
Shahadi Wright Joseph(NBC’s Hairspray Live, Broadway’s The Lion King) brings tough cub Young Nala to life
“From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.”
The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.