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The casting process for the upcoming Lion King remake has begun! Earlier today, director Jon Favreau revealed that Donald Glover will voice the adult Simba in Disney's "live action" re-telling of their hit 1994 movie. Mere minutes later, now it's been announced that James Earl Jones will be back to voice Mufasa.
Taking to his Twitter page once more, Jon Favreau announced to the masses that James Earl Jones will be back in the animal kingdom as Musfasa. Along with Donald Glover, he is the second actor to be added to The Lion King remake. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say it's good to have Mr. Jones back in one of his best roles ever.
Most of you reading likely know James Earl Jones best for voicing Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, and that's perfectly fine. However, Mufasa definitely ranks high on the actor's resume. Even though he didn't get as much screen time as most of the other characters, Jones' Mufasa carried a lot of gravitas and power, and had Jones not been the one voicing the monarch, it's doubtful the character would have been nearly as beloved. Thanks to Jones, along with others like Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons and Nathan Lane, The Lion King rocks one of the best Disney voice casts to this day. Besides The Lion King and the Star Wars franchise, Jones' other notable credits include The Great White Hope, Field of Dreams, The Hunt for Red October and The Sandlot.
Thanks to the success of the recent versions of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and more, The Lion King is one of the latest re-tellings Disney has lined up for their classic animated movies. However, like The Jungle Book (which Jon Favreau also directed), the remake will not be live action in the literal sense, as CGI will be used to create the environments and animals, and there aren't any human characters showing up. Aside from the castings, no specific details for The Lion King remake have been revealed other than it will contain songs from its animated predecessor. Still, if the other recent Disney remakes are any indication, it will be a faithful story with a few changes sprinkled in to make it stand out on its own, like perhaps some new tunes. Along with Jon Favreau directing, The Lion King is being written by Jeff Nathanson, who also penned Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The Lion King remake is reportedly being fast-tracked, so expect to see it sooner rather than later. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on the movie as they come in.