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'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake

'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake
The 1994 animated film The Lion King was a critical and commercial hit and beloved by families. The Disney movie won two Oscars and has grossed more than $968 million worldwide.

The animated version was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with a voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.

In September 2016, it was announced that Disney is doing a CGI remake of the film with Jon Favreau set to direct. The cast of...
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‘SNL’ Imagines ‘Lion King’ Screen Tests for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kit Harington and Oprah

So as you’ve already heard, probably, they’ve come up with a cast for the live-action version of The Lion King. So far the cast looks like they’re going to be nothing but the best and will put in an amazing performance that people won’t want to miss. The talent they’re bringing to the table is simply impressive and the fact that they’re bringing back the great James Earl Jones is something that can’t be ignored. But of course there were likely other screen tests as well that were meant to be considered. SNL took care of that. Feel free to

SNL’ Imagines ‘Lion King’ Screen Tests for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kit Harington and Oprah
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Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones join Foster Boy

Variety is reporting that Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), James Earl Jones (The Lion King) and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie are set to star in the indie drama Foster Boy, which is being directed by Youssef Delara (The Bounce Back) from a script by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany.

Foster Boy is based on Deratany’s own experiences as a litigator in Chicago, and sees Modine playing a character at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results.

“There are an estimated 400,000 children in foster care in America,” said Deratany. “They are basically unrepresented, with few ways to shape their destinies. Why? One simple reason: they are children. They have no money and they have no voice. It’s not that they are bad kids.
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Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (Exclusive)
Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie will star in the independent drama “Foster Boy.”

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. The film follows Modine’s character, who’s at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results. Jones plays the judge and McGhie portrays the defendant.

Foster Boy,” which begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara, whose credits include “Filly Brown,” “The Bounce Back,” and “English as a Second Language.” It’s produced by Deratany, Michael Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Andrew Sugerman. John Schimmel, and Thom and Matt Lipari are the executive producers. “Foster Boy” has been entirely financed by equity investment.

Deratany and Samuelson
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Kit Harrington, Oprah, Eminem, and Others Audition for ‘The Lion King’ — Watch

‘Saturday Night Live’: Kit Harrington, Oprah, Eminem, and Others Audition for ‘The Lion King’ — Watch
The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King” was recently announced, and it’s unsurprisingly stacked: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, and more are lending their voices to the latest childhood-ruiner.

For every actor who got cast in Jon Favreau’s new take on the animated classic, however, one hopeful contender did not. “Saturday Night Live” decided to speculate on those broken dreams with a sketch about the screen tests of everyone from Nick Offerman and Cardi B to Eminem and Kit Harrington. Watch below.

Read More:Larry David Returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Bernie Sanders to Address That Holocaust Joke — Watch

Most of them don’t do especially well. LL Cool J has trouble pronouncing “Hakuna Matata,” Oprah lifts up Simba and yells his name as though he were a prize for her studio audience, Eminem
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Kit Harrington, Oprah, Eminem, and Others Audition for ‘The Lion King’ — Watch

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Kit Harrington, Oprah, Eminem, and Others Audition for ‘The Lion King’ — Watch
The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King” was recently announced, and it’s unsurprisingly stacked: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, and more are lending their voices to the latest childhood-ruiner.

For every actor who got cast in Jon Favreau’s new take on the animated classic, however, one hopeful contender did not. “Saturday Night Live” decided to speculate on those broken dreams with a sketch about the screen tests of everyone from Nick Offerman and Cardi B to Eminem and Kit Harrington. Watch below.

Read More:Larry David Returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Bernie Sanders to Address That Holocaust Joke — Watch

Most of them don’t do especially well. LL Cool J has trouble pronouncing “Hakuna Matata,” Oprah lifts up Simba and yells his name as though he were a prize for her studio audience, Eminem
See full article at Indiewire »

Quavo Pitches Migos to Play the Hyenas in 'Lion King' Remake and We've Truly Never Wanted Anything More

Quavo Pitches Migos to Play the Hyenas in 'Lion King' Remake and We've Truly Never Wanted Anything More
Calling Disney. This Is Important.

With the cast of the upcoming Lion King remake getting better by the day -- Beyonce was announced to be voicing Nala last week -- it's hard to imagine how it could still be improved. Then on Sunday, Quavo perfected it with one tweet.

"3 Hyenas Lions King call us  @Disney," the Migos rapper tweeted.

More: Beyonce Joins Star-Studded Cast of 'The Lion King'!

Ok, look, powers that be. We don't ask for much, but if we could have Quavo, Offset and Takeoff join this already star-studded franchise, well, not to be dramatic but our lives would be complete.

They wouldn't be the only musicians on the bill either. In addition to Beyonce, Donald Glover is set to voice Simba. Other cast members include James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. 

Additionally, Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Eric Andre (Azizi
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‘The Lion King’ Remake Announces Full Cast

The Lion King‘ remake has finally announced it’s full cast. Based on the announcement, Jon Favreau‘s “live-action” remake of the Disney classic is shaping up to have an absolutely stellar cast. Since pretty much the entire movie in intended shot on a blue screen stage, the casting announcements been few and far between, until now. The film was green-lit in late 2016 and fast tracked in response to the success of ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the box office.

The film began shooting in March of this year, and Favreau and co. were quick to cast Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising his role from the original). In the following months, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Puumba, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kane as Rafiki were all added to the cast. With this announcement,
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Beyoncé Joins Live-Action ‘Lion King’ + More News From This Week

The full cast of the live-action “Lion King” has been announced.And people are losing their minds. In addition to Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), John Oliver (Zazu), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), and Billy Eichner (Timon), all of whom were made official in the past months, Chiwetel Ejiofor will join as Scar, Keegan-Michael Key and Eric André will voice two hyenas, and, drum roll please, Beyoncé as Nala. (Facebook) “Smash” fans rejoice!Josh Safran, showrunner of the criminally misunderstood show’s second season, is bringing another musical series to the small screen: He’s developing a musical romantic-drama called “Mixtape” about “a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are.” (The Hollywood Reporter) More victims come forward accusing Hollywood heavyweights of assault and harassment.This week saw six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct,
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Downsizing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Disaster Artist top today's movie news roundup!

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Downsizing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Disaster Artist top today's movie news roundup!Downsizing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Disaster Artist top today's movie news roundup!Amanda Wood11/2/2017 4:01:00 Pm

There’s been a ton of cool news today, including new trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Disaster Artist! Definitely our favourite kind of day.

Firstly, the voice cast has officially been confirmed for Disney’s live-action remake of their hit The Lion King, and it is more perfect than we ever could have hoped for. Donald Glover will take on the role of Simba, with Nala being played by none other than Beyonce. Yes, you read that correctly. James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa), Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Keegan-Michael Key are also part of the impressive cast. The Lion King will hit theatres July 19th, 2019.

#TheLionKing.
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Beyoncé & Donald Glover To Star In Live-Action ‘Lion King’ From Disney

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The Lion King is being reimagined for a live-action film, and Beyoncé and Donald Glover will be the leads. BEYONCÉ Joins Cast Of Live-action The Lion King Glover will play main character Simba and Beyoncé will play love interest Nala. The Disney film will also feature James Earl Jones as he reprises his role as Mufasa from the 1994 […]

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"Lion King" Revival Announces Cast

Your childhood memories are about to get Beyoncé'd.

Disney's The Lion King is getting the live-action treatment and previews for it have already shown great promise. Disney has now revealed the list of stars that will voice your most cherised prepubescent traumas. Standouts include James Earl Jones as Mufasa (he also voiced the original in 1994), Chiwetel Ejiofor as maybe-gay uncle Jafar, and budding singer/song-reader Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The voices of the new King features great diversity that we hope is indicative of the crew behind-the-scenes. 

Check out the full main cast up next...
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Beyonce Will Play Nala on The Lion King Live-Action Remake

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Hakuna matata! Disney has confirmed that the queen, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, has joined the cast of the live-action remake of The Lion King. She will be playing Nala. There have been rumors for months that Beyonce has been approached to play Simba’s love interest. It has been put to an end with Disney’s announcement that she will indeed be part of the movie. Atlanta star Donald Glover will play Simba, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor will voice the villainous Scar, and James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa from the original movie. The cast also includes Alfre Woodard as Sarabi,

Beyonce Will Play Nala on The Lion King Live-Action Remake
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Beyoncé Officially Joins The Cast Of ‘The Lion King’

Beyoncé has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, the live-action version of the classic Disney story now in-production.

Donald Glover leads the cast as Simba, while Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, to give her her full name, will play as his friend-turned-love interest Nala, while James Earl Jones reprises his role from the animated original as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. Jd McCrary is the Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph brings Young Nala to life.

Related: A look back at the original animated classic, The Lion King

John Kani is the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliveris hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. Seth Rogen will voice naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner is the know-it-all meerkat Timon.
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Disney announces full cast for the new The Lion King

Simon Brew Nov 2, 2017

Disney confirms the full cast for the new The Lion King, which now includes Beyonce...

Director Jon Favreau delivered a huge critical and commercial hit with his live action take on The Jungle Book last year. Now? He’s hard at work on The Lion King, with his film set to land in cinemas in 2019.

Disney has now formally confirmed the ensemble cast for the new The Lion King, which includes names that were known to be involved – Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen and more – and adds some new faces. The highest profile is that of Beyonce, who will be playing Nala in the new movie.

The full casting looks like this…

#TheLionKing. 2019. pic.twitter.com/UMJo18FwDt

— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017

Furthermore, it’s also been confirmed that Hans Zimmer, who provided the score for the original animated movie, will be back on scoring duties
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Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Cast Features Beyonce, Alfre Woodard, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver

The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his
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Bey Prepared: Beyoncé Joins Star-Studded Live-Action Remake of the Lion King

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Bey Prepared: Beyoncé Joins Star-Studded Live-Action Remake of the Lion King
Hakuna matata Lion King fans, the star-studded cast of Disney’s live action remake has finally been revealed.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will voice Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the villainous Scar and Alfre Woodard will bring Simba’s mom Sarabi to life.

As previously announced, Donald Glover will play Simba and James Earl Jones will return as Simba’s father, Mufasa, who he voiced in the original 1994 animated movie.

#TheLionKing. 2019.
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Release Date and Full Cast of Jon Favreau's Live-Action The Lion King Announced

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Disney has made it official! Here is the cast and the release date for Jon Favreau's upcoming live-action version of The Lion King!

Disney ended the day the only way they know how, with a bombshell. That bombshell comes in the form of the long-awaited release date for Jon Favreau's Live-Action adaptation of The Lion King. Citizens of the United States and Disney fans across the country will see Simba's journey on the big screen on July 19, 2019.

Unfortunately, that's a bit longer than most of us would like, but if it's anything like Favreau's last Disney film, the wait will be well worth it. Favreau's last film was a little diddy called The Jungle Book, which amassed over $966 million. It's understood that The Lion King will follow in that same vein, in terms of production. Also following what made The Jungle Book great was an all-star cast of voices.
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Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced

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Beyonce Confirmed for Disney's Lion King, Full Cast Announced
The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau's new take on Disney's 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured-but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019. Here's what director Jon Favreau had to say in a statement.

"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyonc&#233 Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba's friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba's wise and loving father,
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Beyonce Joins ‘The Lion King’ as the Live-Action 2019 Film Rounds Out Its Main Cast

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Beyonce Joins ‘The Lion King’ as the Live-Action 2019 Film Rounds Out Its Main Cast
It looks like Jon Favreau’s upcoming “The Lion King” adaptation just became an event all by itself. Disney announced Wednesday that Beyonce Knowles-Carter would be joining an already-stacked voice cast, playing Nala in the latest CGI adaptation of a beloved Disney film.

Read More:Jon Favreau’s 7 Rules for Making a Good Movie, from ‘The Jungle Book’ to ‘The Lion King

Though details remain light on how much the new film will mirror its 2-D animated predecessor, the 1994 film featured Nala as the childhood best friend and eventual love interest of the would-be king Simba. Set for a 2019 release, Beyonce joins Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones, reprising his role as Mufasa from the original.

#TheLionKing. 2019.
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