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.
— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017
Twitter had some roaring good reactions to the news after the announcement. Check out some tweets below.
me: stop remaking Disney movies!
*sees new Lion King cast*
me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEVENYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA https://t.co/GMtBjPjo1n
— Mamaloo Akbar (@MamoudouNDiaye) November 1, 2017
Let me start an indie magazine with a circulation of 3k so Beyoncé will give me an interview when Lion King comes out
— Ira Madison III (@ira) November 1, 2017
Lion King about to make a billion before one frame of film is even shot pic.twitter.com/bTLCOD8dYA
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 1, 2017
Hans Zimmer is scoring Lion King again as well. Hans Zimmer with Donald Glover and Beyonce pic.twitter.com/zIDvRwCRDk
— Nobody (@LordBalvin) November 1, 2017
yo but that lion king soundtrack bout to be a classic pic.twitter.com/0KKyVbjrS0
— Ahmed/YHUNG TO STAN (@big_business_) November 1, 2017