The Cast

New ‘Lion King’ Cast Is the Circle of Life We’ve Been Waiting For

Disney is remaking our childhood fave and we can go see it on July 19, 2019, only 624 days away. HAKUNA MATATA!


In 1994, Disney graced our lives with the beautifully animated, perfectly scored, and heartwarming tale of lil lion Simba. We have wholeheartedly not moved on.


Driven away from home after the murder of his father and subsequent tyrannical rule of his uncle Scar, Simba wanders around the bush alone and afraid until he decides not to eat Timon and Pumbaa, a fearless meerkat and a party-hungry warthog. Together, the three of them live their best harmonious life, eating bugs and swimming in hot springs. Everything is going great until Simba’s ex-lion friend Nala finds him and demands he come home to overthrow his murderous uncle.


I’m sure you have already been forwarded this cast announcement but here it is again in cooler colors.



Lion King

Image Via Movie Web


As far as awesome casts go…well…this is pretty up there. Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be singing in harmony together as Simba and Nala. Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa is sure to be a special recreation of the duo. James Earl Jones don’t let nobody take over his role as 1994 Mufasa, but this time John Oliver will play his confidant Zazu. And Rafiki, the wise spiritual baboon, will be played by John Kani. The three menacing hyenas will be voiced by Florence Kasumni, Eric Andre, and Keegan-Michael Key. 


Written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can, The Terminal) and directed by Jon Favreau, who successfully recreated Disney’s The Jungle Book last year, has said that it has been “a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life.” We are super-psyched to see some pioneering filmmaking techniques that will hopefully blow us out of the water but I do hope that some element of the original motion picture will be celebrated.


Oh, and do not worry. Hans Zimmer will be scoring the film.


Feature Image Via Disney