Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie follows the
storyline of the 1994 animated film, in which a young lion named
Simba grows up on the African savanna after his uncle Scar
conspires to ursurp his father Mufasa's place as king.
Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, while the young Simba is
voiced by Donald Glover, who recently starred in "Solo: A Star
Wars Story". Chiwetel Ejiofor, lead actor in "Twelve Years A
Slave", takes the role of the villainous Scar.
Beyonce plays Simba's childhood friend and love interest Nala,
while Golden Globe-winning actress Alfre Woodard voices the
character of Simba's mother Sarabi.
Comedian Seth Rogen takes on the character of Simba's warthog
friend Pumbaa, while Oliver plays Zazu, the hornbill adviser to
"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this
to bring this classic story to life," said Favreau, who has also
directed Disney's "The Jungle Book" live-action remake, which
saw actors interacting with characters enhanced by
The film is expected to hit U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.
(Reporting by Karishma Singh; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
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