Girl, why is you lion?
Girl, why you Mufasa?
“3005,” Childish Gambino (2013)
I wonder if this was the line that landed Gambino the role of Simba in the live-action version of “The Lion King.” This is exciting for me for a variety of different reasons.
- Number 1: I get to see a movie that was so dear to me as a child.
- Number 2: I get to see Donald Glover showcase himself as the multifaceted man he is.
- Number 3: I get to see Rafiki again instead of pretending to be him when I put on my concealer (yes, that is a true story).
So, it’s an understatement to say that I will be the first person at the theater when the movie comes out. If you are a Lion King enthusiast like me, here are five fast facts you need to know about the reboot of The Lion King:
- It will star Atlanta’s Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino and Coming to America’s James Earl Jones as Simba and Mufasa, respectively. Also, Pineapple Express’ Seth Rogen will play Pumbaa and Billy Eichner will play Timon.
- It will be part of a series of live-action remakes of Disney classics. According to Collider: Dumbo, Aladdin, Christopher Robin, Oliver Twist, James and The Giant Peach, Cruella, Tink, and Peter Pan are all being remade into live-action films.
- Based on the trailer, it looks like the movie will be set like an extended episode of Animal Planet.
- There is a rumor that Nala could be played by Beyoncé, but this has yet to be confirmed. I could believe it, though. After all, she was giving us “Nala”/Lioness vibes in her Grammy’s fit. Some believe Bey’s performance was an ode to Oshun, the sun goddess.
- It will be a summer film. Jon Favreau, filmmaker, posted a picture on his Twitter account with symbolic emojis, confirming that the beloved movie will be released as a live-action film on July 19th, 2019.
All in all, there is a lot to anticipate with The Lion King reboot. I personally cannot wait for this release and hope that Favreau, Glover, Knowles (hopefully), Jones, Eichner, Rogen, and others do not disappoint. Some classic things are better left untouched, like Aaliyah’s life if you don’t have the correct permissions to use her music; Micheal Jackson’s story if the actor looks nothing like him; Nina Simone’s legacy if you want to light-wash the legend. These were all failings on the part of movie makers and hurt our hearts as consumers. Let’s just hope The Lion King revitalized doesn’t pull a VH1 and ruin a childhood classic. Drumline 2, anyone?