‘The Lion King’ Remake Casts John Kani As Rafiki

John Kani Disney The Lion King Rafiki

The Wrap has revealed that Captain America: Civil War star John Kani has joined the star-studded cast of Disney’s live-action remake of its animated 1994 classic The Lion King, which is being directed by Jon Favreau.

Kani is set to play Rafiki, the royal adviser to Mufasa and his family. The actor joins Donald Glover, who stars as the voice of Simba, as well as James Earl Jones, who returns to the role of Mufasa.

The cast also includes Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as the voices of Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog, respectively, with Last Week Tonight host John Oliver as the the red-billed hornbill Zazu.

Recently, The Lion King added Luke Cage‘s Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother, Sarabi, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor as his villainous uncle, Scar.

The Lion King is currently filming in Los Angeles. The film’s script was penned by Jeff Nathanson, the writer behind this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and several Steven Spielberg movies including Catch Me If You Can and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Disney’s The Lion King hits theaters on July 19, 2019.

Source: The Wrap

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Disney Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.