As the casting of the new live-action version of “The Lion King” builds momentum, we are hearing more news about additions to the all-star cast involved in the project. According to a piece in the Hollywood Reporter, Alfre Woodard has agreed to take on the role of Sarabi, Simba’s mother. Woodard, a prolific actress, has appeared in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix as well as Captain America: Civil War. She also voiced the role of Pilo in Disney’s film Dinosaur.
In addition, reports are also surfacing that John Kani will be joining the cast as the baboon Rafiki. Kani’s past credits also include Captain America: Civil War where he was cast in the role of
Woodard and Kani join an already robust line-up with other notable additions to the cast including John Oliver as Zazu, Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogan as Pumba and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. John Favreau will take the helm as director after the massive success of his live-action version of The Jungle Book.
Keep following along with Chip and Co for the latest news and updates regarding The Lion King as well as other Disney releases.
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