Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Donald Glover and James Earl Jones set for Walt Disney Pictures new Lion King

Since he announced a planned new version of The Lion King (1994) back in September last year, we were wondering who Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) would hire to voice the main characters. We now know two people, with James Earl Jones (The Lion King) as Mufasa and Donald Glover (The Martian) taking over the role of Simba.

Jones, of course, has form on this front – he voiced Mufasa in the 1994 animated classic, and there is really no one else you can hear saying the character's lines. So while it will naturally invite more comparisons between the two, it feels like a smart move. And Glover, who has been on a roll recently after snagging the part of young Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo movie and winning awards for his TV series Atlanta is more than able to bring the needed exuberance and pathos to Simba.

While it is a little bit of a misnomer to call this the 'live action' Lion King (there are no human characters and all the animals will be brought to life using digital effects), we still have to wonder how seeing a photo real (or close) death of a lion will work in the course of the story. It was sad enough seeing cartoon Mufasa go to the clouds... The new film has yet to have a release date.

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