Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie follows the storyline of the 1994 animated film, in which a young lion named Simba grows up on the African savanna after his uncle Scar conspires to ursurp his father Mufasa’s place as king.
Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, while the young Simba is voiced by Donald Glover, who recently starred in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Chiwetel Ejiofor, lead actor in “Twelve Years A Slave”, takes the role of the villainous Scar.
Beyonce plays Simba’s childhood friend and love interest Nala, while Golden Globe-winning actress Alfre Woodard voices the character of Simba’s mother Sarabi.
Comedian Seth Rogen takes on the character of Simba’s warthog friend Pumbaa, while Oliver plays Zazu, the hornbill adviser to Mufasa.