Donald Glover Set to Play Simba in 'Lion King' Live-Action Remake

Carla Harmon
February 18, 2017

The "Atlanta" star is in talk to play Simba in Disney's live-action "The Lion King" remake directed by Jon Favreau, Variety has confirmed.

Update: Moments later, as A.V. Club reported, Favreau also tweeted that James Earl Jones is cast, presumably per the hashtag as Mufasa again (though what if he was Scar, that would be weird, right?).


"Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film", Disney said when the announcement was made.

The Lion King is just the latest live-action remake of their animated catalog, and they've already translated features like Cinderella, Maleficent, Alice and Wonderland, and Pete's Dragon into live-action franchises, with a Maleficent sequel now in the works. The legendary actor (who won an honorary Oscar in 2012) is best known for lending his iconic voice to Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and last year's Rogue One, but another generation grew up with his booming basso profundo explaining the circle of life to his young lion son.


Favreau tweeted a picture with the caption "Looking forward to working with this legend".

Favreau signed on to direct the live-action "Lion King" film in September, hot off the success of his "Jungle Book" reimagining. Favreau is the biggest draw, given what he did with The Jungle Book and now this news is another smart move.


There is now no release date set for "The Lion King". The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens, will be hit theaters on March 17.

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