Disney’s Lion King remake adds Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor & John Kani to cast

The Lion King

The already star studded cast of Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King is continuing to grow. All three of the new actors added to the project are familiar to Disney as they’ve recently starred in Marvel Studios related projects.

Alfre Woodard (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Captain America: Civil War) will lend her voice to the character of Sarabi, who is the mother of Simba, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sarabi was originally voiced by Madge Sinclair in the original 1994 animated version of the film.

Another member of Simba’s family has found their new voice as Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) is in talks to take on the villainous role of Scar, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jeremy Irons lent his voice to Simba’s murderous uncle in the original film.

Lastly John Kani (Captian America: Civil War, Black Panther) is joining the film in the role of Mufasa’s loyal advisor Rafiki, according to The Wrap. Robert Guillaume played the role in the original film and many subsequent Lion King related projects.

The three will join James Earl Jones who is returning to voice Mufasa, Donald Glover as Simba,  Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon & Pumba and John Oliver as Zazu.

Currently filming in Los Angeles, the film is slated for a July 19, 2019 release.


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