Jon Favreau’s Live Action Lion King Boasts an All Star Cast Including Chiwetel Ejiofor

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has been announced as the voice of Scar in Disney’s live-action remake of Lion King.

Giving the 1994 award-winning animated classic a live-action remake director John Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”) takes on ‘“The Lion King,” with a superstar vocal cast. Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) voices future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls”) voices Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprises his iconic performance from Disney’s original 1994 animated classic.

Oscar-nominated Ejiofor (“Twelve Years a Slave”, “Doctor Strange”) will voice Simba’s wicked uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) will voice Simba’s mother, Sarabi. Other actors include “Black Panther’s” Florence Kasumba as leader of the Hyenas Shenzi, and she’s joined by Eric André (“The Eric André Show) as Azizi, and Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele fame as Kamari.

The story is the same – we return to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolises 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.

The Lion King will be released summer 2019


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