UPDATED: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones are ready to sing Hakuna Matata. The Atlanta star is in talk to play Simba in Disneys live-action The Lion King…

UPDATED: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones are ready to sing Hakuna Matata. The Atlanta star is in talk to play Simba in Disneys live-action The Lion King…

'Lion King' Remake: Donald Glover Cast as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa

The “Atlanta” star is in talk to play Simba in Disney’s live-action “The Lion King” remake directed by Jon Favreau, Variety has confirmed. Meanwhile, Jones, who voiced Simba’s father Mufasa in the original, will return to reprise the role.

Favreau tweeted a photo of Glover with the message “I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba”

I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI

Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017

He later tweeted: “Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa,” along with a picture of Jones.

Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT

— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017

Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit “The Jungle Book.”

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million at the global box office.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action reboots follows the successes of “Maleficent” (2014) and “Cinderella” (2015), while “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens, hits theaters on March 17.

Glover, who recently won two Golden Globes for his new FX series “Atlanta,” is currently filming another huge Disney movie — the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, in which he plays young Lando Calrissian. He is represented by WME and MGMT Management.


I will be interested in seeing this. I wasn’t a fan of the original, or even the first Jungle Book. I liked the last remake of Jungle Book.

Very very sad….this is going to be totally wrong….nothing against the actors they are very talented its just a mistake to remake such a wonderful movie…..get yourself some better creative writers Disney and this wouldn’t need to go on……

I’d much rather see another sequel. The original lion king is great, I see no reason to remake it.

Mufasa doesn’t sing Hakunah Matata

Thank you!! Mufasa is already dead when they sing Hakuna Matata

Congrats Donald, truly one of the most talented people alive. He will kill it as simba just like everything he puts his fingerprints on.