New ‘Lion King’ Photos and the Stars Behind The Characters

Disney’s plan to reintroduce all of their classic movies as live action has met with mixed reviews. However, many people are excited about the ‘live action’ version of The Lion King, despite much of it being advanced motion graphics and digital effects.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the epic, childhood favorite is cast with a number of recognizable actors, including Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The new Lion King arrives in theaters July 19, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Musafa, along with a new score by Hans Zimmer. Via Insider:

Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary play Young Nala and Young Simba in “The Lion King.”

Donald Glover plays Simba, the young prince in “The Lion King.”

Beyoncé plays Nala in “The Lion King.”

Alfre Woodard plays Sarabi in “The Lion King.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Scar in “The Lion King.”

John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner play Zazu, Pumbaa, and Timon in “The Lion King.”

Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key with Azizi, Shenzi, and Kamari in “The Lion King.”