Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Disney's Lion King Remake Finds Its Rafiki and Sarabi

Disney's Lion King Remake Finds Its Rafiki and Sarabi

Director Favreau follows in his own, having make The Jungle Book live action remake for Disney a year ago. Rafiki is probably most remembered for his iconic moment holding up Simba to the crowd at Pride Rock in the beginning of the movie, a sequence that we know will be retold faithfully in this version of The Lion King thanks to some footage that was shown at Disney's D23 Expo.

Alfre Woodard has joined the lineup for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, taking on the role of Sarabi. The role of Sarabi was originally voiced by Madge Sinclair.

Woodard will be voicing the character of Sarabi, the mother of Simba while Kani will portray trusted royal adviser Rafiki, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Fans last saw Kani as King T'Chaka, T'Challa/Black Panther's father, in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

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Woodard and Kani previously costarred in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.

The two join Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogan and Billy Eichener as Pumbaa and Timon respectively, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar (although talks for him are still ongoing).

The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man Tell No Tales' Jeff Nathanson.

Worldwide entertainment website, The Wrap reported that it had exclusively learnt that John had been added to the star-studded cast.

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