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James Earl Jones, Donald Glover cast in 'Lion King' remake

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/18/2017
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, actor James Earl Jones poses for photos in Sydney, Australia. Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney's upcoming remake of "The Lion King." Director Jon Favreau announced Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television's "Atlanta," will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba's father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, actor James Earl Jones poses for photos in Sydney, Australia. Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney's upcoming remake of "The Lion King." Director Jon Favreau announced Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television's "Atlanta," will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba's father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — James Earl Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney's upcoming remake of "The Lion King."

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017 file photoi, Donald Glover poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a television series - musical or comedy for "Atlanta" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Glover and James Earl Jones are lending their voices to Disney's upcoming remake of "The Lion King." Director Jon Favreau announced Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television's "Atlanta," will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba's father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017 file photoi, Donald Glover poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a television series - musical or comedy for "Atlanta" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Glover and James Earl Jones are lending their voices to Disney's upcoming remake of "The Lion King." Director Jon Favreau announced Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television's "Atlanta," will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba's father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Director Jon Favreau announced the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television's "Atlanta," will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba's father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film.

Favreau is making a CGI created live-action version of the movie, similar to Disney's remake of "The Jungle Book," which he also directed. No release date has been publicly set for the new movie.

A similar process is being used for "Beauty and the Beast," which debuts next month.

Favreau has directed "Iron Man," ''Iron Man 2" and is again producing the next two "Avengers" films.

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