Amongst Disney’s library of movies, the Lion King still stands as one of it’s most beloved with the likes of “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Jungle Book”, “Cinderella”, which have all gotten the live action treatment.
Originally released in 1994 and being one of the highest grossing animated movies of all time along with winning an Academy Award for ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight?’ and it being very popular amongst generations of fans. Disney has big shoes of their own to fill.
With Jon Favreau set to direct (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book) and Donald Glover cast as Simba and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa, fans of the original have much to be excited about.
The man behind the camera has produced and acted in many Disney properties while Glover earlier this year, won 2 Golden Globes for his new FX series ‘Atlanta’ and there’s no one better to play Mufasa than the man that voiced him over 20 years ago.
However, Favreau himself is terrified of messing up the iconic story of Simba, saying,’ The Jungle Book was 50 years ago, Lion King was 20, and people grew up with it in an age of video where they’re watching it over and over again. So, I have to really examine all of those plot points. Also, the myths are very strong in that, so you’re hitting something even deeper than the movie sometimes. What I’m trying to do is honor what was there… There are certain expectations people have.’
Further updates have been given on the movie, with an official release date being announced. It is currently slated for July 19, 2019 and the script was written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).
New casting news has broken for the roles of Timon and Pumba. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are set to bring the iconic characters to life in the movie. The two actors have very good comedic timing together as seen in Neighbors 2. However, they are responsible for one of the most memorable and catchy Disney songs that exists to this day. Both of them are funny individuals and should be able to do the characters justice.