Donald Glover is going to be king.
The star has been cast in Disney’s remake of The Lion King as Simba, with director Jon Favreau announcing the news on Twitter. Favreau also revealed James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the beloved father character he voiced in the 1994 animated original.
The cat is out of the bag. Donald Glover is set to play the rambunctious cub-prince Simba in Disney’s live-action re-imagining of The Lion King, EW has confirmed.
Disney announced the project in September, after Favreau’s update of The Jungle Book became a box office and critical hit. (A sequel is already in the works.) As with that film, the new Lion King is expected to use performance-capture technology and computer-generated imagery to bring its animal characters to life. It will also include songs from the original movie.
Donald Glover is set to play the rambunctious cub-prince Simba
Director Jon Favreau revealed the casting Friday on social media, along with the news that James Earl Jones will once again portray Mufasa, reprising his role as the ruler of Pride Rock from the 1994 animated movie.