Alfre Woodard to play Simba's mum in The Lion King remake


The cast for Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King is rounding out quite nicely.

The Oscar-nominee joins James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, with Donald Glover as Simba.

"Coming to America" actress Madge Sinclair, who died in 1995, voiced Sarabi in the original 1994 Disney animated movie.

Kani joins an already stacked cast featuring Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and John Oliver as Zazu.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alfre Woodard, who plays Mariah Dillard in Luke Cage, has been cast as Sarabi, Simba's mother. Reportedly, Beyoncé is the first choice to voice Nala in the film, but that casting has yet to be confirmed.

The new Lion King's story was written by Catch Me If You Can and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Jeff Nathanson.

Civil War star John Kani will be playing the wise and cheeky Rafiki. The live-action movie is directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) and is filming in Los will release on July 19th, 2019.

The film is now due to hit cinemas on July 19, 2019 - leaving plenty of time to watch (and rewatch) the original. He'll next appear in the Chadwick Boseman-led Black Panther, reprising his role as the former king of Wakanda.