Chiwetel Ejiofor, Florence Kasumba and John Kani To Star In ‘The Lion King’ Movie Remake

Production preparations are fast gaining ground for “The Lion King” movie remake.

Disney has set an All-Star cast for the much anticipated movie and among the casts are some African fine actors, this includes celebrated Chiwetel Ejiofor, Florence Kasumba and John Kani.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor is a London born actor of Nigerian descendants who is widely known for his professionalism on set. The popular actor has starred in several award winning films and for his role in “12 Years a Slave”, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, among other nominations and awards.  Chiwetel Ejiofor is celebrated worldwide for his act and he will be taking the role of major antagonist ‘Scar’, in “The Lion King” remake.

Florence Kasumba

Beautiful American based Ugandan Florence Kasumba is popularly known for her role as Ayo in “Captain America”. She has been on the scene since 2000 and she has not failed in exhibiting her art in the industry. She has featured in other top movies like “Black Panther”, “Emerald City series”, to mention but a few. For the new movie ‘The Lion King” remake, she will be acting as Shenzi.

John Kani

Multiple award winning John Kani is a South African actor, director and playwright. He is well known for his act both on Screen and on stage. He won a Tony Award in 1975 alongside Winston Ntshona for Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island. He will be taking the role of Rafiki in the animated Disney movie.

The first version of “The Lion King” was released in May 1994, it became a box office sensation and bags a record as the eight-highest grossing animated film of all time.  This Disney animated feature follows “the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa”.

“The Lion King” remake will feature other top stars like Beyoncé Knowles-Carter who will be playing the role of Nala, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, also Eric André as Hyena Azizi and Keegan-Michael Key as Hyena Kamari.

It will be released in the cinemas from July 19th 2019.

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