Donald Glover will be the new Simba, but Mufasa will be a familiar face

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Simba has been chosen.Simba has been chosen.

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2016%2f10%2f18%2f6f%2f2016101865slbw.6b8ca.6b5d9By Sasha Lekach2017-02-18 02:31:20 UTC

Can you feel the love tonight? Well, it's all up in Jon Favreau's Twitter feed. 

The director announced Friday night that Donald Glover will be playing Simba in the live-action remake of the beloved Disney classic The Lion King alongside the actor who voiced the original Mufasa.

The Twitter announcement had Glover (Atlanta) fans swooning and tossing as many Lion King GIFs at Favreau as possible. James Earl Jones, who voiced Simba's ill-fated father Mufasa in the original cartoon, will be back in the same role.

Not much else is known about the movie from Walt Disney Studios. The movie,

, might be similar in style to Favreau's Jungle Book remake from last year.

It seems fitting Favreau referenced the beloved song "I just can't wait to be king" to announce Glover's role — the new film will include songs from the 1994 cartoon movie. Fans on Twitter were clamoring for Glover's musical act, Childish Gambino, to remix the iconic tune.

So now who's going to play Timon and Pumbaa? Twitter's armchair casting directors have some suggestions:

Topics: 90s nostalgia, cartoon, disney, Donald Glover, Entertainment, Movies, james earl jones, Lion King, remake


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