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Donald Glover to play Simba in The Lion King with James Earl Jones as Mufasa

02.17.2017

The Lion King Donald Glover Simba James Earl Jones Jon Favreau

After surprising audiences with his successful adaptation of Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK, Jon Favreau quickly added another live-action Disney film to his slate when it was announced that he would give THE LION KING a similar treatment. Favreau will also be tackling a sequel to THE JUNGLE BOOK, which he will be shooting back-to-back with THE LION KING.

It's safe to say that we can expect another all-star cast lending their voices to the animal characters, and Jon Favreau took to Twitter to announce that Donald Glover (Atlanta) is set to play Simba.

Not too long after, Favreau also revealed that James Earl Jones would be voicing Mufasa, the same role he played in the 1994 animated original. Get ready to cry all over again.

Jon Favreau's THE LION KING is set to be penned by Jeff Nathanson (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) and doesn't currently have a release date. For his part, Favreau is certainly aware of how highly regarded the original is as well as the challenges which he will have to face by remaking it.

The thing is that the animated version of The Lion King is — I don’t know how you outdo that. It works tremendously well. I think it was sort of the end of the era before the 3D animation started coming in, and I don’t think anybody wants to see an animated version because if you want to see an animated version, look at the original. It holds up, it’s still wonderful to watch. So the trick is can you make it look like you actually found real animals in a real environment? And how do you translate the story through that?

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2:35PM on 02/19/2017

Different plot

Maybe a big game hunter can take out mufasa with a nitro 500 express(big ass gun) this time just to piss of those bleeding hearts easily offended. Or timon and pumba can rat out Simba to the nasty hyenas and they fuck his world up with an ass whooping. Real world nature shit. No song and dance shit either
Maybe a big game hunter can take out mufasa with a nitro 500 express(big ass gun) this time just to piss of those bleeding hearts easily offended. Or timon and pumba can rat out Simba to the nasty hyenas and they fuck his world up with an ass whooping. Real world nature shit. No song and dance shit either
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9:23AM on 02/19/2017

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Girl, why is you lyin'?
Girl, why you Mufasa?

Gambino fans know what's up.
Girl, why is you lyin'?
Girl, why you Mufasa?

Gambino fans know what's up.
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3:09PM on 02/18/2017

Stupid

A "live" action version that will include all cgi animals and landscapes/green screen. Oh yeah that sure sounds like live action to me.
A "live" action version that will include all cgi animals and landscapes/green screen. Oh yeah that sure sounds like live action to me.
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8:48AM on 02/19/2017
Do you even understand the logistical nightmare of having HUNDREDS of wild animals on a movie set. And when you consider most of those animals are predators, prey, or just downright hard to work with individually, let alone as groups? Use some common sense idiot.
Do you even understand the logistical nightmare of having HUNDREDS of wild animals on a movie set. And when you consider most of those animals are predators, prey, or just downright hard to work with individually, let alone as groups? Use some common sense idiot.
8:49AM on 02/19/2017
Do you even understand the logistical nightmare of having HUNDREDS of wild animals on a movie set. And when you consider most of those animals are predators, prey, or just downright hard to work with individually, let alone as groups? Use some common sense idiot.

And no, for the record, I don't think a live action movie is a good idea, it's just that my reasoning is different from yours.
Do you even understand the logistical nightmare of having HUNDREDS of wild animals on a movie set. And when you consider most of those animals are predators, prey, or just downright hard to work with individually, let alone as groups? Use some common sense idiot.

And no, for the record, I don't think a live action movie is a good idea, it's just that my reasoning is different from yours.
2:18PM on 02/18/2017
I don't need a Lion King remake, but I'm shocked people are upset by James Earl Jones getting cast as Mufasa. Sure, over the past ten years we've seen a lot more black actors' careers explode, but it's JAMES EARL JONES.
I don't need a Lion King remake, but I'm shocked people are upset by James Earl Jones getting cast as Mufasa. Sure, over the past ten years we've seen a lot more black actors' careers explode, but it's JAMES EARL JONES.
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5:05PM on 02/19/2017
Agreed. Jones seems like a perfect fit. Very recognizable voice.
Agreed. Jones seems like a perfect fit. Very recognizable voice.
12:11PM on 02/18/2017
This is pointless to go from one animation platform to another, with even voice talent returning. Without a human element nor live animals this can hardly be considered live action.
This is pointless to go from one animation platform to another, with even voice talent returning. Without a human element nor live animals this can hardly be considered live action.
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11:47AM on 02/18/2017
I think this Lion King movie is going to end up like the solo Black Widow movie or Gambit movie. Often talked about, but never seems to happen. I highly doubt Favreau will want to do Jungle Book sequel and Lion King back to back, and even if he does I think the earliest we could expect Lion King is 2020. Heck, Disney has been talking about the live action Dumbo for a few years now and doesn't seem to be much closer to actually happening.
I think this Lion King movie is going to end up like the solo Black Widow movie or Gambit movie. Often talked about, but never seems to happen. I highly doubt Favreau will want to do Jungle Book sequel and Lion King back to back, and even if he does I think the earliest we could expect Lion King is 2020. Heck, Disney has been talking about the live action Dumbo for a few years now and doesn't seem to be much closer to actually happening.
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11:58AM on 02/18/2017
When Beauty and the Beast breaks box office bank, Lion King will be made very quickly. Kind of unfair to compare it to Dumbo, Gambit, or Black Widow
When Beauty and the Beast breaks box office bank, Lion King will be made very quickly. Kind of unfair to compare it to Dumbo, Gambit, or Black Widow
10:39AM on 02/18/2017
While I love that JEJ is back as Mufasa, and I can't imagine He nor Jeremy Irons not playing those roles, it also kinda makes the whole idea of a CGI remake seem even more pointless.
Don't mind Donald Glover as Simba though.
While I love that JEJ is back as Mufasa, and I can't imagine He nor Jeremy Irons not playing those roles, it also kinda makes the whole idea of a CGI remake seem even more pointless.
Don't mind Donald Glover as Simba though.
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9:47PM on 02/17/2017
James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa? They might as well use the old recordings. This is such a pointless remake / adaptation.
James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa? They might as well use the old recordings. This is such a pointless remake / adaptation.
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9:35PM on 02/17/2017
Well this movie officially sucks now.
Well this movie officially sucks now.
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9:46PM on 02/17/2017
I'm beginning to think you dislike African Americans
I'm beginning to think you dislike African Americans
10:01PM on 02/17/2017
Not at all. Just don't like Glover and/or Michael B Jordan.
Not at all. Just don't like Glover and/or Michael B Jordan.
10:11PM on 02/17/2017
I guess I can understand why you don't like Michael B Jordan, just based on the hate for Fantastic 4 you have, but what's wrong with Glover?
I guess I can understand why you don't like Michael B Jordan, just based on the hate for Fantastic 4 you have, but what's wrong with Glover?
9:29PM on 02/17/2017
So glad JEJ is back. They should get Jeremy Irons too
So glad JEJ is back. They should get Jeremy Irons too
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9:36PM on 02/17/2017
And Nathan Lane
And Nathan Lane
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8:55PM on 02/17/2017
Why is this movie happening, again? Is there a point to remaking one of their best? A remake of The Lion King can only go downhill.
I don't think any studio should be able to remake an animated feature if the entire voice cast is still alive (and healthy enough) to reprise their roles; The only exception being young Simba... But they're already giving that role to an adult anyway.
Why is this movie happening, again? Is there a point to remaking one of their best? A remake of The Lion King can only go downhill.
I don't think any studio should be able to remake an animated feature if the entire voice cast is still alive (and healthy enough) to reprise their roles; The only exception being young Simba... But they're already giving that role to an adult anyway.
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8:54PM on 02/17/2017

CGI movie on real world backgrounds... Tough to call that live action

This one is a tougher sell since its basically just an animation upgrade. Even some of the voices are identical. Great original movie and this remake will likely do just fine, but it seems like a pure cash grab.
This one is a tougher sell since its basically just an animation upgrade. Even some of the voices are identical. Great original movie and this remake will likely do just fine, but it seems like a pure cash grab.
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5:43PM on 02/18/2017
'CGI movie on real world backgrounds... Tough to call that live action'
I agree with you...
The last time Disney did it, it was for Dinosaur... And it was considered 'animation' by the Studio !
'CGI movie on real world backgrounds... Tough to call that live action'
I agree with you...
The last time Disney did it, it was for Dinosaur... And it was considered 'animation' by the Studio !
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