Disney announces full cast for the new The Lion King

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The live action remake is now due to release in July 2019. Complementing the two stars are James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor taking over Scar, and John Oliver playing the properly square Zazu. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Donald Glover, aka the man behind one of our favourite albums from the past 12 months as Childish Gambino, and Beyoncé have been locked in for the lead roles of Simba and Nala respectively.

"It's not called the lion king anymore", Twitter user Ziwe wrote.

Beyonce posted a casting announcement on her Facebook page with the simple hashtag #TheLionKing 2019.

Michael Fallon replaced as Defence secretary
Reacting to Fallon's resignation on Twitter, Hartley-Brewer said: "I doubt my knee was the reason". Instead, he has become the latest problem to face her troubled government.

Gay comic Billy Eichner was announced in April as voicing the character of Timon.

In addition to The Lion King, Disney still has live-action reboots of Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, and Aladdin in the works. Rounding out the cast are JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala.

Director Jon Favreau delivered a huge critical and commercial hit with his live action take on The Jungle Book a year ago. Now?

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