Meet the Voices Behind ‘The Lion King’

The Lion King is indeed a legendary animated movie and a huge success when it was premiered back in 1994. And this time Disney seems to want to continue the success of this franchise but not as an animated movie but a live-action version that will spoil your nostalgia with CGI technology.

As the movie hits the theaters within this week, why not going through the amazing casts who will voice the characters of The Lion King. All the beloved characters have all-new looks and new big-name voices behind them (well, except for James Earl Jones who still voices Mufasa). Let’s take a look at how the characters and actors have changed between the classic animation movie and the current version.
Donald Glover a.k.a Childish Gambino as Adult Simba
Actor and rapper Donald Glover was chosen as the main actor of this movie, which is Simba. His acting skills is not to be doubted since he once won the Golden Globe through the Atlanta TV series. He was also present at The Martian and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and will also star in the spin-off movie Han Solo as Lando Calrissian.
Beyoncé as Adult Nala
Beyoncé was Jon Favreau’s first choice to be the voice of Nala, the lioness who was Simba’s childhood friend and later became a lover for Simba. Beyoncé’s role as voice actor Nala has been confirmed by Disney since November 2017. Many say that the selection of Beyoncé as a voice actor is very fitting. Isn’t that obvious already?
James Earl Jones as Mufasa
Earl Jones is indeed irreplaceable because his voice is that charismatic and very suitable for the character Mufasa. Luckily he was also the original voice of the animated film The Lion King (1994) and now he returned to fill the voice of Mufasa’s character for the live-action version and that means he returned after almost 25 years!
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar
An English actor who is no doubt has an amazing acting skills quality, yes, that is Chiwetel. The cast of 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor will fill in Scar’s voice, Simba’s uncle who ambitiously seizes the throne of Mufasa. Fans are optimistic if this time he takes on the role of one of the famous evil characters of a Disney movie.
Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
The hilarious wild boar, Pumbaa, is voiced by comedian Seth Rogen. Seth Rogen is perhaps suitable for voicing as Pumbaa. His round voice will be very compatible with Pumbaa’s character.
Billy Eichner as Timon
Pumbaa’s other half Timon is played by comedian Billy Eichner. His name is known through the Billy on the Street series and sitcom Parks and Recreation. Can Eichner revive Timon’s insightful and fussy character? Make sure not to miss the movie!
Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
Simba’s kind mother, Sarabi is played by the senior actress Alfre Woodard. Besides being active in various TV series, Woodard also starred in 12 Years a Slave and Annabelle.
John Oliver as Zazu
The Last Week Tonight talk show host John Oliver was chosen to fill Zazu’s voice in the live-action of this movie. Just like the last voice filler of Zazu, Rowan Atkinson, John Oliver is also a comedian from England.
John Kani as Rafiki
Remember King T’Chaka in movie Captain America: Civil War and also Black Panther? Yup, the actor John Kani will now play Rafiki, the mandrill monkey who became an elder in Pride Rock.
Writer: Dela Naufalia Fitriani
Editor: Olivia Elena Hakim

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