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Donald Glover will star as Simba in Walt Disney’s live-action makeover of The Lion King

Hakuna Matata!

By Rebecca Shepherd, 20 February 2017
Donald Glover will star as Simba in Walt Disney’s live-action makeover of The Lion King

If you couldn’t tell already, we’re pretty big Walt Disney fans. 

"The Lion King builds on Disney's success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience"

The much-loved classics such as The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid were there for us throughout our childhood, and new family favourites such as Tangled and Frozen are adored by our little ones.

So when it was announced that Disney will be making a ‘new reimagining’ of The Lion King, we were over the moon.

And now, Jon Favreau who is going to be the director, has taken to Twitter to reveal even more details about the project, stating that Community actor and Childish Gambino singer, Donald Glover has been cast as the lovable cub Simba.

The rising star, who recently won two Golden Globes, will be joined by James Earl Jones, who'll be returning to his role in the 1994 classic to play the rather ill-fated fatherly figure Mufasa.

Disney announced the rather exciting news that there will be a remake in September last year. 

The official announement said: "We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production.

"The film will be directed by Jon Favreau, the man behind the live-action Jungle Book and its sequel, which is currently in development. But based on the success of his first foray into the age of live-action Disney, there is nothing to worry about."

The original masterpiece was released in 1994, and has since become known as one of the biggest animated films of all time. And with catchy songs like The Circle of Life and phrases such as 'Hakuna Matata' we think we know why!

The Disney classic has stood the test of time over the years – winning Academy Awards and Grammys, as well as six Tony Awards for the highly successful stage production which is still one of Broadway's biggest hits today. 


Currently, Disney is also in the process of recreating many of the music-filled movies that dominated our childhoods, including Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.

At present, no date has been set for when The Lion King will debut, but what we do know is that we’ll be waiting with baited breath. 

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