Donald just can’t wait to be king!
Jon Favreau cryptically announced via a Twitter picture Friday that Donald Glover will be playing Simba in the remake of 1994 animated classic The Lion King, which he is slated to direct. James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as beloved father, leader and murder victim, Mufasa.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017
Glover has been having a successful couple of years. After leaving Community in 2014, he went on to star in a number of movies and TV shows including Ultimate Spider-Man where he voiced Miles Morales/Spider-Man. Since 2016, he’s been cast as Lando Calrissian in Han Solo’s upcoming solo Star Wars movie, starred in Atlanta, an FX series in which he also created that has garnered critical acclaim, and dropped his third studio album under stage name, Childish Gambino. He’s also making an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming set to be released July 7, 2017.
Favreau is the directorial mastermind behind Disney’s last hit remake, a live action version of The Jungle Book which was was well received and revered by the public. Though Glover’s schedule seems pretty packed and none of the officials at Disney have confirmed, there are high hopes for this remake and casting seems to be going well. Who do you think will play Scar and Nala?