Last fall, after director Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book wowed critics and audiences alike with its breathtaking CGI characters and storytelling, Walt Disney Pictures announced that Favreau would push that technology even further with a realistic CGI version of one of Disney's greatest films, The Lion King.
At this point, the project is still in very early stages. Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is working on the script, and the studio hasn't even dropped a release date. Favreau has begun assembling his cast, though, and he's got two big names to lead things off.
Favreau announced via Twitter Friday night that Donald Glover, fresh off his Golden Globe wins for his TV series Atlanta and already part of the Disney family thanks to his upcoming role in the Han Solo film, will voice Simba. To play Simba's father Mufasa, Favreau has enlisted the great James Earl Jones, who will return to the role after originating it in the 1994 animated classic.
Favreau and Glover met in December during a THR roundtable discussion, and that meeting ultimately led to a creative partnership. As for Jones, well ... he's James Earl Jones. 'Nuff said.
I'm happy with both of these choices. Jones is an obvious one, and while Glover might seem surprising to some, I can't wait to hear his take on Simba. He's got voice acting experience ranging from Ultimate Spider-Man to Adventure Time, and his acting credits have taken him from childlike to mature. He can convey the range needed, and he'll know how to make it fun.
So, now that two big names have signed on, who else should join the cast? Let us know your dream Nala, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa in the comments!