The live-action adaptation of The Lion King is really starting to round its cast; Donald Glover voices Simba, James Earl Jones, Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Scar. Now, Alfre Woodard will embody Sarabi, Simba’s mum, and John Kani the side Rafiki in the reboot.
The pair are the latest newcomers to Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of the Disney classic, assuming the roles made famous by Madge Sinclair and Robert Guillaume. James Earl Jones, to date, is the only cast member to reprise his role from the 1994 original, as the brutally murdered Mufasa. Other newcomers to the project include Seth Rogen and quickly rising Billy Eichner, a pair who very much seem the Timon and Pumbaa types.
Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy winner Woodard boasts some impressive credits. Most recently she was seen in Sundance’s Burning Sands as well as Netflix’s Luke Cage. Kani is known for playing King T’Chaka Captain America: Civil War, and will also appear in next year’s Black Panther.
The Lion King is currently filming in Los Angeles, and should hit our screens in 2019.