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Donald Glover Cast as Simba in 'Lion King' Remake

by Alex Ungerman 5:50 PM PST, February 17, 2017
Playing Donald Glover Cast as Simba in 'Lion King' Remake

Donald Glover is officially having his moment.

On Friday, Lion King director Jon Favreau announced on Instagram that the Atlanta star and creator would play Simba in the live-action remake of the classic Disney film.

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"I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba," Favreau shared.

I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba

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Go, Glover!

Additionally, Favreau revealed that James Earl Jones would play Mufasa, writing, "Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa."

Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa

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The casting news comes after a devastatingly good year for Glover, who won an Emmy for his FX series, Atlanta; released a critically-acclaimed album, Awaken, My Love!; had a baby; and was named young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo standalone film.

Watch the video below for more on Glover's Star Wars casting.

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