Every Maltese person growing up in the 90s remembers watching The Lion King on VHS. Heck, some of us even remember watching it for the twentieth time. The Disney classic gradually became one of the most popular animation films ever. Now, The Lion King is slated for a live-action remake, and it stars… well, everyone.
Disney announced the cast of the remake late last night, and there really is a celebrity for everyone. Here’s the rundown of the main characters.
Donald Glover is Simba
Whether you know him for his roles in hit TV series Atlanta or for his extensive work in the hip hop scene as Childish Gambino, this one’s a match made in heaven.
Beyoncé is Nala
One word: Yaaaaas.
James Earl Jones is Mufasa
The legend himself will be returning to his original 1994 role, and we couldn’t be happier.
Chiwetel Ejiofar is Scar
You know the old film stereotype; throw in someone with a perfect British accent, and you’ve got yourself a true villain. And after featuring in films like The Martian, Doctor Strange and 12 Years A Slave in the last couple of years, accomplished Ejiofar can definitely be Scar. His surname even rhymes!
Alfre Woodard is Sarabi
Another perfect fit, the veteran TV actress, producer and political activist will be playing Simba’s mother.
John Oliver is Zazu
Think about it for a second. We dare you to come up with an even better match. You just can’t unsee it and now, whenever John Oliver talks, it’s just going to be Zazu forever.
John Kani is Rafiki
74-year-old South African theatre-legend Kani started his acting career performing with a group of actors in the former snake pit of the zoo. If that doesn’t sound like textbook batshit Rafiki, then we don’t know what does.
Seth Rogen is Pumba, Billy Eichner is Timon
You know when you see something that’s so awesome, it actually makes you angry you didn’t think about it first? That’s this casting.
Seth Rogen has practically been working his whole life for this role, and funnyman ‘Billy on the Street’ will definitely be the perfect Timon to Rogen’s Pumba.
Other confirmed roles include notorious Eric André, German-Ugrandan Florence Kasumba and hilarious Keegan-Michael Key as Azizi, Shenzi and Kamari, Id McCrary as young Simba, and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala.
Apart from being hailed as “the blackest Disney movie ever with the blackest cast ever”, The Lion King remake has definitely managed to gather a lot of hype thanks to its recent cast confirmations.
How the Disney exec that closed Beyonce’s Lion King deal was greeted when they came into work today pic.twitter.com/227IcvnQaE
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 2, 2017
me: stop remaking Disney movies!
*sees new Lion King cast*
me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEVENYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA https://t.co/GMtBjPjo1n
— Mamaloo Akbar (@MamoudouNDiaye) November 1, 2017
The Lion King is set to be released in Summer 2019.