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 â€” which gained a rabid, loyal fanbase over the course of its run â€” 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 wonâ€™t be the only Disney flick heâ€™ll be commandeering in the near future.
Thanks to a recent tweet from Jon Favreau, director of Disneyâ€™s upcoming â€œlive-actionâ€ Lion King movie, we now know that Glover will be providing the voice for Simba in the movie. That wasnâ€™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. Thatâ€™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 â€” one as a kid, and one as an adult. Based on Gloverâ€™s older age, one would assume that heâ€™d be on board to be adult Simba, no? However, we also think itâ€™s possible he may just try to â€œyoung-ifyâ€ his voice so that he could play both roles. Weâ€™re not quite sure if weâ€™d be on board for that, but weâ€™ll have to wait and see what direction Favreau decides to take things. We can never underestimate an actorâ€™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 weâ€™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)