Last weekend, Jon Favreau, who will be helming the CGI remake of Disney’s The Lion King, announced on Twitter who will play father and son lions Mufasa and Simba.

None other than Donald Glover will be playing the role of Simba. The Golden Globe winning actor was also recently cast to play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie which stars Alden Ehrenreich and Woody Harrelson.


Favreau met Glover in December where the director told the Atlanta star that his son is a fan of the music he produces under the name Childish Gambino.

Favreau, who previously helmed Iron Man and the hugely successful The Jungle Book remake, also revealed that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa - the character he voiced in the original - which is just awesome.


Jeff Nathanson, a Steven Spielberg favourite whose credits include Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, will be writing the screenplay.