Donald Glover and James Earl Jones join The Lion King remake as Simba and Mufasa

James Earl Jones was the original voice of Mufasa in the nineties animated Disney movie

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Donald Glover will star as Simba and James Earl Jones will return to the part of his father Mufasa for the live-action remake of The Lion King.

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Earl Jones voiced the regal lion in the 1994 animated film, which Disney is rebooting following the success of live-action versions of The Jungle Book and Cinderella. The film studio will also be hoping for success with the much-anticipated Emma Watson movie Beauty and the Beast.

Director Jon Favreau revealed the news on Twitter, writing:

He also tweeted a photo of Glover, writing: “I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba”

The Community star, who is currently lined up to play Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Han Solo standalone movie, will voice the part of adult Simba.

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Favreau previously directed The Jungle Book, which was a box office hit and used groundbreaking visual effects techniques and new technology to created a photo-realistic look.