Let’s throw it back to our favorite childhood animated musical movie. Before High School Musical, Camp Rock, and Hannah Montana, there was The Lion King. Set in the Pride Lands of Africa about a lion that rules over the animal kingdom from Pride Rock, our favorite father(Mufasa), son(Simba), the worst villain in existence (Scar) and of course the iconic duo Timon and Pumbaa taught and explained to us the responsibilities that come with growing up, ups and downs of relationships, and the “circle of life” which connects all living things.
The epic 1994 movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation which became the second highest-grossing movie of all time, garnered two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe awards all for its achievements in music (Yes! we definitely agree it had the best music ever as most of its original songs were written by Sir Elton). Disney recently announced The Lion King will be joining the line up of their several live-action animated classics reboots.
With most of its popular original songs returning, Disney introduced us to the new star-studded casts and we must say we are roaring with excitement.
Donald Glover formerly known as “Childish Gambino” will be playing Simba. Queen Bey herself confirmed on her social media yesterday that she will voice “Nala”! Comedians Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner play the impeccable Pumbaa and Timon respectively, John Oliver plays Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villainous Scar Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Simba’s mother, John Kani as Rafiki (the wises baboon to exist) and of course the legendary James Earl who will be reprising his role as Mufasa. However, there are also some fun new reveals. The hyena pack is getting an upgrade with some new names and some killer comedic talent. Eric Andre will play Azizi, Black Panther’s Florence Kasumba will play Shezi and Keegan-Michael Key will play Kamari. newcomers JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and Nala, respectively. The new Lion King movie opens in 2019