Beyonce Knowles-Carter is joining the cast 'The Lion King' to voice to role of Nala. The Walt Disney Studios revealed the main cast for its upcoming live-action and CG adaptation of its 1994 animated classic Wednesday and confirmed the months old rumor that the pop superstar would be lending her voice to the project.
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James Earl Jones is the only actor from the original 1994 version reprising his role. Jones will voice Mufasa, Simba’s father and the king who is killed by his brother Scar -- who will be portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Alfre Woodard will voice Sarabi, Mufasa’s wife and Simba’s mother. Rafiki, originally voiced by the late Robert Guillaume, will now be portrayed by John Kani. Billy Eichner will play Timon, who is best friends with Pumbaa, whom Seth Rogen will portray. John Oliver will voice Zazu.
I'm BEYOND excited to be joining Donald Glover, Beyoncé and more in Disney's THE LION KING. With me and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba!!!! 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/xIMYEuDSVm
Hyenas Ed and Banzai are now Azizi and Kamari, played by Eric Andre and Keegan-Michael Key, respectively. The third hyena, Shenzi, originally voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, will be portrayed by Florence Kasumba.
Young Simba and young Nala will be played by JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph, respectively.