Everything You Need to Know About ‘The Lion King’ Live-Action Reboot Cast
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t extremely excited to watch the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King. But the fact that Disney just added Beyoncé to the cast confirms that we will take down anyone—even children—who gets in our way.
We kid (kinda). Unfortunately, The Lion King reboot won’t hit theaters until 2019, but we’ve got the skinny on the entire cast to fuel your anticipatory “Circle of Life” excitement for the time being. From Queen Bey and Seth Rogen to James Earl Jones and Keegan-Michael Key, here’s everything you need to know about the cast of the live-action Lion King remake.
1. Beyoncé as Nala
Beyoncé (aka Queen Bey and musical goddess) will use her “Lemonade” vocal chops to voice the lioness we all know and love.
2. Donald Glover as Simba
The Emmy Award-winning actor is best known for his roles on Community and Atlanta, but starring alongside Queen Bey will likely be his most epic pairing to date.
3. James Earl Jones as Mufasa
The one and only James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the O.G. 1994 animated film, The Lion King. (Because, duh.)
4. Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
From Knocked Up to Neighbors, Rogen’s impeccable comedic timing is sure to bring the goofy warthog to life.
5. Billy Eichner as Timon
Who better than the host of Billy on the Street to tackle Timon’s critical (yet lovable) persona?
6. Eric Andre as Azizi
If you’re unfamiliar with Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, then you probably recognize Andre as Deke from 2 Broke Girls, Jake from Rough Night or Mark from Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
7. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar
The Oscar-nominated actor starred in 12 Years a Slave alongside Lupita Nyong’o.
8. John Oliver as Zazu
The host of Last Week Tonight will lend his British accent to the kooky red-billed hornbill.
9. Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
You may recognize Woodard from her iconic roles in Primal Fear, Dinosaur or Cross Creek.
10. Florence Kasumba as Shenzi
Kasumba is a German actress who starred in Captain America: Civil War.
11. Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala
The 12-year-old actress previously appeared on NBC’s Hairspray Live!
12. John Kani as Rafiki
The South African actor portrayed King T’Chaka in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and will reprise his royal role in Marvel’s Black Panther.
13. JD McCrary as Young Simba
At just 10 years old, McCrary is a Hollywood newbie. He starred alongside Dr. Dre in the TV series Vital Signs and Patrick Stewart in Blunt Talk.
14. Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari
You might recognize the Hollywood TV veteran from our new favorite Netflix series, Friends from College, or from his former roles in Keanu, Mad TV and Bob’s Burgers.