Disney’s black ‘The Lion King’ remake cast: Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba

The Lion King cast
The Lion King cast
The Lion King cast (Twitter/Walt Disney Studios)

In 1994, Walt Disney Pictures released the animated epic musical film “The Lion King.” In 2019, the production company will release a new Black version of the film.

On Nov. 1, Wednesday, Walt Disney Studios took to Twitter to announce the cast of the new “The Lion King” version, which will be directed by Jon Favreau and will be released on July 19, 2019. Here are 14 African-American actors included in the remake:

  1. James Earl Jones as Mufasa

The Academy Award-nominated actor will reprise his role as Mufasa, the King of the Pride Lands. He is the father of Simba.

  1. Alfre Woodard as Sarabi

The “Luke Cage” alum will play Sarabi, Simba’s mother. Madge Sinclair originally voiced Sarabi.

  1. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala

The wife of Jay-Z Carter will play Nala, Simba’s best friend and wife. The character was voiced by Moira Kelly in the original film.

  1. Donald Glover as Simba

The “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star will play Simba, son of Mufasa ang Sarabi. The character was voiced by Matthew Broderick in the original film.

  1. Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala

Joseph made her debut as an actress in the 2016 TV movie “Hairspray Live!” In her second movie, she will voice the younger version of Beyonce’s character.

  1. JD McCrary as Young Simba

McCrary will play the younger version of Glover’s character. In the original film, it was voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

  1. Seth Rogen as Pumbaa

The “Zeroville” star will play Pumbaa, the best friend of Timon and one of Simba’s closest friends. The naïve warthog was originally played by Ernie Sabella.

  1. Billy Eichner as Timon

The “American Horror Story” star will play the meerkat who is one of Simba’s closest friends. The character was originally voiced by Nathan Lane.

  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar

The “Mary Magdalene” star will play Scar, the younger brother of Mufasa. Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons originally voiced Scar.

  1. John Kani as Rafiki

The “Black Panther” star will play Rafiki. The wise old mandrill was originally played by Robert Guillaume.

  1. Florence Kasumba as Shenzi

Kani’s “Black Panther” co-star will play Shenzi, one of the three hyenas who serve Scar. The sassy and short-tempered character was originally played by Whoopi Goldberg. The other two hyenas Ed and Banzai will be renamed Azizi and Kamari, respectively, in the remake.

  1. Eric Andre as Azizi

The “Man Seeking Woman” star will play Azizi. In 2018, the actor will voice Luci in “Disenchantment” TV series.

  1. Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari

The “Friends from College” star will play Kamari. Prior to the release of the Black version of “The Lion King,” the actor will star in “The Predator,” the sequel of the 1987 sci-fi movie “Predator.”

  1. John Oliver as Zazu

Oliver will play Zazu, a hornbill originally played by “Mr. Bean” star Rowan Atkinson. In 2019, Oliver will also star in the animated film “Amusement Park.”

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Author: Conan Altatis

I am a journalist, scriptwriter, filmmaker and actor who loves to tell stories about show business and mixed martial arts and anything in between.

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