Childish Gambino Set To Play Simba In Jon Favreau's Lion King Remake

Only a year after the live-action remake of The Jungle Book hit cinemas, Iron Man director Jon Favreau is already onto his next project, taking shape in a brand new Lion King - and this just in, Donald Glover (a.k.a musician Childish Gambino) will be playing Simba.

If we look back at Glover's career in the past couple of years, it's hardly surprising that he's come this far. He acts, writes, sings, directs and raps and has been making waves since his beginnings as a writer for 30 Rock in 2006.

His third album as Childish Gambino, "Awaken My Love!" was released last December, and he took home two Golden Globes earlier this year for his hit-TV series, Atlanta. 2017 is looking pretty good for him so far.

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If this wasn't enough to keep him busy already, Donald Glover is also finishing off a few low-key projects, including a joint venture with Chance the Rapper and a couple more movie credits including Spider-Man: Homecoming and the takeover of the iconic Star Wars character Lando Calrissian, in the upcoming Han Solo standalone film.

Favreau's Lion King will follow suit to The Jungle Book, by incorporating live-action and 3D-animation, with human actors and CGI-animated animals. James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, that he voiced in the 1994 Disney classic.

When first meeting Glover, Favreau told him of the actor/rapper's fame in his own house already: "By the way, full disclosure: I see your face every day when I wake up my 15-year-old son because on his door is a portrait of you."

Although the film doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, the new Lion King has been fast-tracked ahead of The Jungle Book 2. Confused with so many Disney remakes? Don't worry - from Tim Burton's Dumbo to Maleficent 2, you can find out about every single one coming up right here.

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