Disney’s live-action reimagining of the 1994 classic hit, The Lion King continues its casting. EW has confirmed that Alfre Woodward will be the voice of Sarabi, the mother of Simba. Rafiki, the trusted advisor to the royal family will be voiced by John Kani.
The only original cast member reprising its role from the 1994 original is James Earl Jones, who will voice Mufasa, King of Pride Lands, husband of Sarabi and father of Simba. Woodward and Kani will join the already casted, Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and John Oliver as Zazu.
Directing the new Lion King is Jon Favreau. Much like he did in The Jungle Book, performance-capture technology and computer-generated imagery will bring the animals characters to life.
The Lion King will hit theaters July 19, 2019.