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08th Aug 2017

The Lion King live action remake has just cast two more characters

The Lion King is due to hit cinemas in July 2019

Keeley Ryan

Hakuna Matata.

The live-action remake of the Lion King has added two more faces to Pride Rock.

True Blood actress Alfre Woodard will be joining the highly anticipated blockbuster as Simba’s mum Sarabi.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she will star alongside Donald Glover as Simba and James Early Jones, who will be reprising his role as Mufasa once again.


Meanwhile, Captain America: Civil War star John Kani will be playing the wise and cheeky Rafiki.

The Wrap reports that the Black Panther actor will be joining the cast as the royal advisor to Mufasa and his family in the Pride Lands.

They’re just the latest actors to join the star-studded lineup which includes Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as the voices of Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog, respectively, while John Oliver will be taking up the role of Zazu.

Beyonce has also been linked to the role of Nala – but there’s been no official word just yet.

And it looks like the remake of the beloved classic is in great hands.

The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man Tell No Tales’ Jeff Nathanson.

The film is currently due to hit cinemas on July 19, 2019 – leaving plenty of time to watch (and rewatch) the original with the kids.

Images via Getty/Marvel.