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UPDATE: Jon Favreau casts Donald Glover and James Earl Jones in his live-action Lion King

(Photo: Steve Granitz/Getty Images, The Lion King)

Sticking to his usual M.O. for big movie announcements, Jon Favreau appears to have just told Twitter that he’s casting Donald Glover as Simba in his live-action remake of The Lion King. Disney has yet to confirm the information, but Favreau tweeted this out earlier this afternoon:


It’s always possible that this is just directorial wishful thinking—Glover’s a busy guy, what with Han Solo, Atlanta, and his musical career as Childish Gambino—but it certainly looks like he’ll be belting out “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” somewhere down the line. Details about the live-action Lion King are extremely sparse; Favreau will reportedly film it back-to-back with his second Jungle Book film, but there’s no release date on the books.

UPDATE: Favreau followed up his initial post with this one, apparently confirming that James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Mufasa in the upcoming film.

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