Donald Glover and James Earl Jones have been confirmed for the New Lion King Feature

A new version of The Lion King was announced back in September last year and we were wondering who Jon Favreau would hire to voice the main characters. We now know two of the cast, with James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Donald Glover taking over the role of Simba.

Jones, of course, voiced Mufasa in the 1994 animated film, and there’s really no one else you can hear saying the character’s lines and Glover, who has been on a roll recently after securing the part of young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo film and winning awards for his TV series Atlanta is more than able to bring the needed energy to his role as Simba.

While it has been called the “live-action” Lion King (there are, after all, no human characters, and all the animals will be brought to life using the technical effects used on Favreau’s Jungle Book), we can only imagine how heartbreaking it will be to see this new version on Mufasa pass away. I don’t think I’m ready to relive my childhood trauma. The new film doesn’t yet have a release date but we will wait in eager anticipation.

Written by Sarah Freeman