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It's been 23 years since Disney's animated film The Lion King became a critically acclaimed blockbuster. Generations of kids and adults have loved it, so a live-action/CGI reboot may sound like a perilous idea — fortunately, it's in very good hands and will have at least one familiar voice.

Jon Favreau, known for directing Iron Man and The Jungle Book, will be helming the project. And on Friday evening, he confirmed the first official casting for the film: Donald Glover as Simba.

It's a great choice, and further proof that Glover is the king (sorry) of 2017. We'll be seeing him in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming and he's playing a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo anthology film. Disney, which owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, sure loves this guy — and so do we!

Glover is replacing Jonathan Taylor Thomas, but apparently Disney decided that there was no replacing the original Mufasa. After the Glover announcement, Favreau tweeted out another official casting choice: James Earl Jones.

That's right, Jones is reprising his role as Simba's father. Hey, you don't mess with perfection!

While no other official castings have been reported yet — maybe even more original actors will return? — this seems to be the start of an outstanding lineup. Anyone who saw last year's The Jungle Book knows that Favreau can perfectly balance compelling visuals with a powerful story, so we just can't wait for Donald Glover to be king:

Do you think Donald Glover is the right choice for Simba? What other original actors do you want to see back for this version? Sound off in the comments!


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