Work is underway on the new movie
The live-action remake of The Lion King is well underway, as director Jon Favreau shares a picture from behind-the-scenes.
Snapped with Donald Glover, who will be playing the role of Simba, the director shared the picture on Twitter, writing, “Simba returns!” You can see it below.
The full cast for the remake of the beloved 1994 film was announced last month. Beyoncé will be playing Nala; James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Mufasa; Chiwetel Ejiofor will voicing Scar; Alfre Woodard will be playing Sarabi; John Oliver will play Zazu, while Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner will be taking on Pumbaa and Timon.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé is reportedly working with Elton John on new versions of classic Lion King songs for the forthcoming remake.
The New York Daily News has reported that the ‘Lemonade’ artist is collaborating with John in the studio on such tracks as ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’. John and Hans Zimmer contributed extensively to the soundtrack of the original 1994 film, with the former reportedly signing a deal with Disney which permits him to reimagine his original songs for the new version of The Lion King.
“The songs will be thread into the storyline,” a source told the Daily News. “It is unthinkable when you have Beyoncé involved not to have her sing some of those iconic hits — and that means huge sales to a new generation. The deal is a huge one and will earn [Elton John] millions at many stages. Obviously he will get a one off licensing deal followed by a cut in royalties from all aspects of the work.”