Disney's 'The Lion King' remake adds Donald Glover and James Earl Jones - Silver Screen Beat
Connect with us

Movie News

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ remake adds Donald Glover and James Earl Jones

Published

on

When it was announced last September that Disney and Jon Favreau were putting a “new reimagining” of The Lion King on the fast track to production, there was plenty of speculation as to who would be voicing the characters made famous by the original 1994 animated classic.

Thankfully, the studio is helping us put a couple of the rumors that have been circulating around the web to sleep with the announcement of two new additions to the upcoming remake. Favreau took to Twitter earlier this evening to reveal that Donald Glover has been cast in the role of Simba while James Earl Jones is set to reprise his role as the iconic Mufasa. You can check out the announcement tweets from the director below.

Glover has an impressive work history behind him, perhaps best known for creating and starring in his FX original series Atlanta. After starring in four seasons of NBC’s Community, he went on to star alongside Matt Damon in the Oscar-winning The Martian and will appear in several upcoming films including Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Han Solo spin-off movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller where he will play Lando Calrissian, the character made famous by Billy Dee Williams in 1980’s The Empire Strikes back. Jones most recently reprised his role as Sith lord Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Lion King remake builds upon Disney’s success of reimagining classics for a modern audience with films such as Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book, winning big at the box office. The upcoming film will include music from the original, such as Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and Hans Zimmer’s beautiful score, both of which earned the film two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, respectively. The original cast included Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jim Cummings, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and more.

A release date for The Lion King has not been announced.

Advertisement
Comments

Movie News

‘Big Little Lies’ star Zoe Kravitz to take on the role of Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

Published

on

Zoe Kravitz
DIA DIPASUPIL/GETTY IMAGES

Zoe Kravitz is headed to Gotham as the Big Little Lies star has been set to play the iconic role of Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Kravitz joins a cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Jonah Hill as the yet-to-be-named villain. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

Other actresses including Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, and Eiza Gonzalez went through what was described as a “rigorous testing process,” for the role of Catwoman last month, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it was ultimately Kravitz — who read opposite Pattinson — that was seen as the right fit for the job.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

Kravitz, still riding high off a well-reviewed performance in HBO’s second season of the star-studded drama Big Little Lies this past summer, can be seen next in Hulu’s High Fidelity, which is due out later this year.

The Batman is slated to be released by Warner Bros. June 25, 2021.

Continue Reading

Movie News

Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt set sail on an Amazonian adventure in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ trailer

Published

on

Jungle Cruise
DISNEY

Disney has released the first trailer for Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt‘s Jungle Cruise, which finds the beloved Disneyland ride of the same name brought to life in the vein of such films as Indiana Jones and The African Queen.

The film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, follows a charismatic riverboat captain (Johnson) and a determined explorer on a research mission (Blunt) as they set sail on an adventure-filled expedition through the Amazon-jungle in hopes of finding a tree that is believed to possess healing powers.

“We were just so moved, so honored to be in a movie like this because we both grew up just madly in love with Indiana Jones and obsessed with those kinds of movies,” Blunt said at the D23 Expo in August. “To be part of something like this, with this same spirit, makes my heart race.”

Added Johnson, “We wanted to make a movie that was big, that was epic, that had romance, big comedy, big action. But most important; it’s got me.”

In addition to Johnson and Blunt, the film’s ensemble cast also includes Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

John Davis, John Fox, Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, and Beau Flynn produced the film, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

Jungle Cruise will sail into theaters on July 24, 2020.

Continue Reading

Movie News

Disney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ trailer finds Tom Holland, Chris Pratt summoning their dead father’s legs

Published

on

Onward
DISNEY/PIXAR

Disney and Pixar have released a new trailer for Onward, the upcoming animated feature starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic out there.

And by magic, we’re talking like actual, literal magic. Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward follows Ian and Barley as they try to summon their dead father back to life. Having never encountered magic before, though, the spell doesn’t completely work and only summons half their father — the bottom half, that is.

So, with their dad’s legs in tow, the boys set out on a road trip to try to find out how to bring the rest of him back to life, encountering all sorts of creatures, magical spells, and mysterious lands along the way.

The film, which was directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, features a star-studded voice cast that also includes the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barely’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore.

Onward will hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Continue Reading