What do we know about Disney these days?
They love their live action remakes.
And they love to lock down their favorite talents. Not in a bad way. More like puttin’ a ring on it.
Aside from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s eighty zillion Disney projects, the Mouse seems to have set his sights on Donald Glover. The rapper and former Community star was confirmed earlier this year to be playing Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars Story film.
And now he’s taken on a slightly less iconic role, but only slightly. Glover will provide voice acting for Simba in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King remake.
It’s tough to call The Lion King a live action film, since there isn’t a single human character in there. It was tough enough to swallow The Jungle Book as one, with its lone actual live actor.
Fortunately, Disney isn’t trying to pass off The Lion King as one. Every character is voice acted, there aren’t any humans, we’ll be lucky if they even use motion capture for the faces. It’s a cartoon and unashamedly so, even if they are claiming it will look like live action.
Also starring in the film is James Earl Jones, reprising his role as the voice of Mufasa. Nala and the rest are as yet uncast. Here’s hoping for Tyler Labine as Pumbaa!