Alfre Woodard has joined the lineup for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, taking on the role of Sarabi. The Hollywood Reporter first published the news.
Woodard joins a cast led by Donald Glover as the voice of Simba, Seth Rogen as the voice of Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as the voice of Timon, John Oliver as the voice of Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the voice of Scar, and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa, which he also voiced in the original.
Jon Favreau directs, with Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) penning the script. Favreau and Jeffrey Silver serve as producers.
The Oscar-nominated 1994 animated feature version of The Lion King has grossed more than $968 million worldwide and inspired the long-running Tony-nominated musical, directed by Julie Taymor. The live-action reboot, directed by Favreau, is slated for a July 19, 2019, release.
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