The Lion King premieres in UK cinemas next week – but who is in the cast with Beyonce and what’s the latest on the Disney film?

THE Lion King is one of the most anticipated movies to hit cinemas this year, and it’s not hard to see why when considering the fact that it’s an absolute Disney classic.

With the movie just days away from entering cinemas, fans hope that cast members live up to the roles they are playing – but who is actually starring in the forthcoming film?

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The Lion King live-action film has been anticipated since the announcement was first made in 2016

When is The Lion King remake out in the UK?

If you’ve been patiently waiting for this film to enter cinemas, you won’t have to wait much longer.

The movie is set to be released on July 19, 2019.

The motion picture was confirmed back in 2016 and Disney has “fast-tracked” it in order meet the 2019 release date.

In November last year director Jon Favreau said that he would be using more of the same virtual reality technology used in The Jungle Book.

Who is in the cast of The Lion King remake?

R&B singer Beyonce plays Nala in The Lion King
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It’s been a while since Beyonce has lent her acting skills in a blockbuster film – the last time was when she starred as Queen Tara in 2013’s Epic.

But it seemed as if the Crazy in Love singer couldn’t refuse the offer to star alongside an A-list roster in a Disney classic as big as The Lion King.

Beyonce voices the character of Nala and is also believed to have recorded original music for the upcoming soundtrack.

Nala is Simba’s childhood friend, and after helping him enter the elephant graveyard, she has to be saved by Mufasa when the vicious hyenas attack them.

Donald Glover takes on the role of Simba
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Donald Glover

Not only is he a successful musician, but Donald Glover has also proven himself to be an exceptional actor.

Following his success with the hit show Atlanta, having also played significant roles in movies such as The Martian and Solo: A Star Wars Story, the 35-year-old seemed a perfect fit for the upcoming children’s movie.

In The Lion King, Donald plays Simba, the son of Mufasa and Sarabi, who is also Scar’s nephew and Nala’s mate.

Canadian funnyman Seth Rogen plays Pumbaa
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Seth Rogen

While this may have seen as an odd choice, when you really think about it, Seth Rogen is perfect for this movie – once you find out which character he plays.

The comedian and actor, most known for starring in movies such as Neighbors, Superbad and Knocked Up, landed himself the part of Pumbaa.

Pumbaa, as fans would know, is one of the most beloved characters in the Disney universe, mainly because of his funny antics and their close bond with Simba; teaching him the basics of life in the jungle.

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Scar in the family flick
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Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave appeared to have helped open up so many doors for Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The actor has been featured in so many movies as of late, it’s hard to keep up with his list of credentials in the film industry.

Chiwetel voices Scar, the main antagonist in The Lion King, who shockingly murdered Mufasa and subsequently became King of the Pride Lands.

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Former Desperate Housewives star Alre Woodard plays Sarabi
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Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard is probably best known for her role as Betty Applewhite in Desperate Housewives – a character she played for 26 episodes on the show.

But, it looks as if Alfre is showing some diversity, having taken on the role of Sarabi in the Disney classic, and if you’re familiar with the original film, you’d probably agree in saying this part is perfect for her.

Sarabi, who is Mufasa’s friend and Simba’s mother, is also known as the Queen of Pride Rock, helping Simba fight against Scar and his hyenas.

She doesn’t reappear in the sequel, so we don’t actually ever know what happened to her after The Lion King, so there’s no actual indication whether she lived to see the birth of her grandchildren.

John Kani takes on the role of Rafiki

John Kani

John Kani, who has been in movies such as Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Murder Mystery, stars as Rafiki in the live-action movie.

In the original film, Rafiki travelled to the jungle and teaches Simba about lessons from the past.

He also saved Simba from Banzai by hilariously whacking him with his stick in the midst of fighting with the other hyenas.

By the end of the movie, he presented Simba and Nala’s newborn cub, which made for quite the beautiful conclusion.

Other notable names starring in the Disney flick include Keegan-Michael Key, James Earl Jones and Billy Eichner.


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