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Donald Glover and James Earl Jones join Disney's The Lion King remake

Donald Glover

Story by Jack Foley

DONALD Glover has landed the sought-after role of Simba in Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s The Lion King.

The news was announced by Favreau himself via Twitter, when he also confirmed that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the beloved father character he voiced in the 1994 animated original.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Favreau has long been a fan of Glover’s since meeting him at the publication’s conversation on creativity in December.

Favreau reportedly told Glover that his son was a fan of the star’s music, which he performs under the name Childish Gambino.

Jeff Nathanson, a Steven Spielberg favourite, is writing the new take on the animated classic, which won’t be live-action despite looking as though it is.

Favreau has plans to build upon the ground-breaking work he did on last year’s box office smash, The Jungle Book, which brought a jungle and its animals to life using cutting-edge technology and green screen.

The Lion King is considered one of Disney’s seminal animated movies, so a lot of care is being taken with the new version.

Glover’s casting continues a remarkable run of form for the actor, who is also taking on another iconic role, playing Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo Star Wars spin-off, which is currently filming.

Ironically, James Earl Jones is also well known as a Star Wars veteran, having reprised his voice work as Darth Vader in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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