Donald Glover seems to be a real golden boy right now. The star has certainly had quite the ascent into stardom since his days as a TV writer. From there, he went on to star in the comedy series Community — which gained a rabid, loyal fanbase over the course of its run — and between his increasingly dramatic roles and side gig as rapper Childish Gambino, he seems to be doing well for himself. Not too long ago, it was officially announced that he would be taking on the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spinoff movie. But now, it sounds like that won’t be the only Disney flick he’ll be commandeering in the near future.
Thanks to a recent tweet from Jon Favreau, director of Disney’s upcoming “live-action” Lion King movie, we now know that Glover will be providing the voice for Simba in the movie. That wasn’t even the biggest news, however. Favreau went on to announce that James Earl Jones would actually be reprising his role as Mufasa in the reimagining. That’s right, the legend himself will return to play the role that broke all our hearts as children.
We get to see him die again.
Check out the tweets below!
Naturally, this casting raises a few questions. As we know, The Lion King has two versions of Simba — one as a kid, and one as an adult. Based on Glover’s older age, one would assume that he’d be on board to be adult Simba, no? However, we also think it’s possible he may just try to “young-ify” his voice so that he could play both roles. We’re not quite sure if we’d be on board for that, but we’ll have to wait and see what direction Favreau decides to take things. We can never underestimate an actor’s ability to pull off a younger character, and I won't question Favreau's judgment, as he's proven he's a more than talented filmmaker.
All in all, while we’re still not 100 percent sure how this thing will be tackled, in true Disney form, they seem to be on the right track in terms of casting.
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SOURCE: Jon Favreau (via Twitter)