Walt Disney Pictures has released a new set of seven photographs that feature the head cast of The Lion King face-to-face with the characters they voice in the movie.
Disney’s next so-called “live-action” remake has been created entirely of CGI versions of the timeless characters, but some big celebrities names will be provide the voices of the computer-rendered animals.
The set of photos from Disney feature Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and John Oliver as Timon, Pumbaa and Zazu, respectively, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba and Eric André as Kamari, Shenzi and Azizi, respectively, and JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Simba and Young Nala, respectively. The highly-anticipaed movie will also feature James Earl Jones reprising his role of Mufasa and John Kani replaces Rowan Atkinson as the voice of Rafiki.
Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King open July 19 and stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.