Amongst his Golden Globe-winning show Atlanta and his new Childish Gambino album, Donald Glover’s 2016 was generally the stuff of entertainment royalty. Now, the multi-hyphenate is creating that official by becoming the king. The king of the jungle, that is.
Glover will star as Simba in Disney’s upcoming The Lion King reside-action remake, according to director Jon Favreau. The announcement was produced by means of Twitter nowadays (February 17), with Favreau sharing a pic of Glover and the hashtag #Simba. “I just cannot wait to be king,” he wrote, nodding to the song of the identical name from the 1994 animated classic.
Hmm… wonder if Glover will work that Lion King-referencing lyric (“Girl why is you lyin’? Girl why you Mufasa?”) from his Gambino hit “3005” into the film. In any case, imagining a Gambino-fied version of “Can You Really feel the Adore Tonight?” is a lot of reason to be psyched about this casting.
Favreau — who also directed final year’s reside-action remake of The Jungle Book — further announced that James Earl Jones will reprise his part as Mufasa in the upcoming remake. Due to the fact, let’s be sincere, could anybody else fill that part? (No.)
This is just the newest thrilling news involving Glover and the Disney universe. The 33-year-old is starring as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars origin film about Han Solo, and also has an unspecified function in Spider Man: Homecoming.
Favreau’s The Lion King currently has no release date, but look out for far more particulars soon (hopefully).