It's happening, people. There's going to be a new Lion King movie. In theaters. In 2019. They hype is very, very real.
Yesterday, Disney announced the star-studded cast, and boy oh boy is it ever amazing.
Beyoncé as Nala
Beyoncé could literally play the letter “L” from the movie poster and still be the star of the show. We can’t wait to hear her voice singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
Obviously, Nala needs a Simba. That character was also perfectly cast.
Donald Glover as Simba
We’re going to be seeing even more of the Atlanta creator and star in the next couple of years. He’s playing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2017, then he’ll go on to voice Simba in The Lion King.
Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala
If you’re a musical fan, you might recognize Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez Stubbs from Hairspray Live! If you haven’t yet heard her sing “Breathe” from In The Heights, you’re missing out.
JD McCrary as Young Simba
This isn’t McCrary’s first project with Donald Glover. The 9-year-old singer and actor also appeared in the track “Terrified” on Childish Gambino’s album Awaken, My Love!
Now the two are playing the same character at different ages. Go figure!
James Earl Jones as Mufasa
That’s right, Jones is reprising one of his all-time greatest roles.
It’s impossible to imagine anyone else voicing Mufasa, right? Thank goodness we don’t have to.
That’s one of Simba’s parents, but what about Sarabi?