Disney reveals a full cast & synopsis for The Lion King live-action remake

The Lion King

Director Jon Favreau has finished filling out his star-studded cast for Disney’s upcoming live-action The Lion King remake. Shared through an image on Twitter, the newly revealed full cast includes Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, JD McCrary as Young Simba, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.

They previously announced Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon & Pumba, John Oliver as Zazu and James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa.

Lion King

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Favreu’s new film will use the same sort of live-action animation blend as his 2016 Jungle Book remake. The Lion King opens July 19, 2019.

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