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Actor Donald Glover has nabbed the role of Simba in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, reports Entertainment Weekly.

From Entertainment Weekly:

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.

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.

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.

Once the news spread about Glover’s participation in the film, Twitter reacted with excitement.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Glover has other projects in the works including Spider-Man: Homecoming and a Star Wars film.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly


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