Donald Glover Cast As Simba In The Lion King Remake

Donald Glover has been throwing himself back into his acting career lately, picking up a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Earnest “Earn” Marks on his own FX show Atlanta and being cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s going to be king.

Glover has just been cast as the voice of Simba in Disney’s pseudo-live-action remake of The Lion King, which will be directed by Jon Favreau, who helmed the Jungle Book remake last year. Jeff Nathanson is attached to write the script, and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa from the original 1994 film.