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The Lion King live-action movie adds James Earl Jones and Donald Glover in the lead roles

February 26th, 2017 by Marc Comments

We’re sorry we’re a little late with this one, folks, but this is well worth reporting…

Director Jon Favreau has confirmed that he has cast the main two leads in his upcoming live-action Lion King.

Having just come off making the live-action Jungle Book, Favreau is back in the wild with Disney’s most famous characters and this time he’s giving us Community’s Donald Glover (soon to be Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie) as the young lion Simba and another Star Wars legend, James Earl Jones – the voice of Darth Vader – as his father, king Mufasa.

This is cool on many levels but it’s particularly awesome because Jones was the voice of Mufasa in the 1994 original movie.

You can see Favreau’s announcements on Twitter below…


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….