Here’s the cast of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ remake and who they’re playing

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Simba talks to Zazu. Walt Disney Studios

Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” is hitting theatres soon and features an all-star voice cast.

The 1994 animated film centres on a baby lion named Simba whose life changes after his father’s death but who must return to save the Pride Lands and the animal from his evil uncle.

The live-action adaption is directed by Jon Favreau and the cast includes Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Donald Glover, and James Earl Jones.

Before the film’s release on July 19, get to know everyone who will be in the film.


JD McCrary voices a young Simba who just wanted to be king.

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JD McCrary is a young Simba. Disney and Jess Grant/Getty Images

McCrary currently stars on “The Paynes.”


Donald Glover voices an older Simba, the prince of the Pride Lands.

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Donald Glover is adult Simba. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Glover created and stars on “Atlanta” and is known as the musician Childish Gambino.


Simba’s childhood friend Nala is voiced by Shahadi Wright Joseph.

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Shahadi Wright Joseph is young nala. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Wright recently starred in “Us.”


Beyoncé Knowles-Carter voices the older Nala, who finds Simba after he spent years away from the Pride Lands.

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Beyoncé is Nala. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Beyoncé is a 23-time Grammy Award winner.


Seth Rogen voices the warthog Pumbaa, a friend of Simba’s.

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Seth Rogen is Pumbaa. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Rogen is known for starring in “Knocked Up” and “Funny People. “


Billy Eichner voices Timon, a meerkat who’s Pumba and Simba’s friend.

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Billy Eichner is Timon. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Eichner is known for starring on “Parks and Recreation” and “Difficult People.”


John Oliver voices Zazu, a hornbill who watches over Simba.

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John Oliver is Zazu. Disney and Jesse Grany/Getty Images

Oliver hosts “Last Week Tonight” on HBO.


Chiwetel Ejiofor voices Scar, Mufasa’s brother and Simba’s uncle.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is Scar. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Ejiofor earned an Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave” and was in “Doctor Strange.”


James Earl Jones voiced Mufasa in the 1994 animated film and returns to voice Simba’s father in the live-action adaptation.

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James Earl Jones is Mufasa. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Jones also voices Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” movies.


Alfre Woodard voices Simba’s mother, Sarabi.

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Alfre Woodard is Sarabi. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Woodard has recently starred on “Luke Cage” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”


John Kani voices Rafiki, a mandrill who is a shaman and friend of Mufasa’s.

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John Kani is Rafiki. Disney and Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Kani is known for playing King T’Chaka in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The three hyenas, Shenzi, Azizi, and Kamari, are voiced by Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, and Keegan-Michael Key.

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From left, Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Michael Key, and Eric Andre play the trio of hyenas. Disney and Jesse Grant and Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images

Florence Kasumba plays Ayo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eric Andre stars in “The Eric Andre Show,” and Keegan-Michael Key recently appeared in “Friends From College” and in “Keanu.”