Disney Announces ‘The Lion King”s Official Live-Action Cast

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Fans of the Disney classic The Lion King can finally breathe easy, as the official cast for the 2019 live-action adaptation was announced by Disney via Twitter.

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Speculation finally ceased Wednesday (Nov. 1) about certain members of the cast. Beyoncé will be playing adult Nala, while  South African actor John Kani will portray Rafiki.

The wise-cracking hyenas will be played by Eric Andre, Black Panther’s Florence Kasumba and Keegan-Michael Key. Rounding out the cast are JD McCrary (the featured artist on Childish Gambino’s “Terrified”) and Broadway actress Shahadi Wright Joseph, who will play young Simba and Nala.

As previously announced, Donald Glover will portray adult Simba, James Earle Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa and Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner will play fan favorites Timon and Pumbaa. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the evil Scar, Alfre Woodard will play Sarabi, and John Oliver will voice Zazu.

The film will hit theaters on Jul. 19, 2019.

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Twitter had some roaring good reactions to the news after the announcement. Check out some tweets below.