The actor, who voiced Mufasa, won't be left out of the sequel.
When word broke just a few weeks ago that there would be a sequel to The Lion King made into a movie on Disney Channel, fans were excited and a little surprised. Lion King, which is one of the most beloved musicals on Broadway, hasn't received the attention that some of the other movies from the Disney Renaissance have in the last few years.
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Still, the movie is going to kick off with a roar! It was announced today that James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa (Simba's father) in the original movie will return in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. He will also be in the following series called The Lion Guard that will premiere on Disney Junior. There were other announcements about casting today, though none were quite as exciting:
- Garbielle Union as Nala
- Rob Lowe as Simba
- Max Charles (The Strain) as Kion (their cub)
- Joshua Rash as Bunga, a honey badger
- Atticus Shaffer as Ono, an egret
- Diamond White as Fuli, a cheetah
- Dusan Brown as Beshte, a hippo.
According to Vulture, show will follow the group as they patrol the lion pride. The motley crew will patrol the Pride Lands with their leader, but of course, Jones' voice will reign supreme.
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Disney also hinted that there will be many other shows that may premier that will bring back some of their hit movies. Disney has a lot in the works in the new few weeks as there has also been discussions about a Frozen musical and the sequel to the latest smash hit. You can catch James Earl Jones on Broadway in The Gin Game if you can't wait.