Lion King: John Kani To Voice Rafiki In The Revamped Animation

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South African veteran actor John Kani has reportedly bagged another huge role on the cast of Jon Favreau’s live action remake of Lion King.

John Kani, who played Black Panther’s father King T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War, will voice Rafiki in the revamped movie. International entertainment website, TheWrap confirmed that the actor will be joining the cast as the wise baboon who acts as Mufasa’s royal adviser and significantly lifts the young Simba to the sky in the Circle Of Life sequence, which was shown off in unfinished form at this year’s D23 event. The role was previously portrayed by Robert Guillaume in the 1994 animated original.

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Also, Luke Cage‘s Alfre Woodard, who plays the villain Mariah Dillard on the show, will voice Sarabi, the character which was previously portrayed by Madge Sinclair.

The remake of the iconic Lion King is set to be released in US theatres on 19 July 2019. The star-studded cast of the family movie include the likes of Donald Glover as Simba, John Oliver as Zazu, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon.

While Alfre and John are the latest addition to the star-studded cast of the revamped Lion King, Doctor Strange star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly in talks to voice the iconic villain Scar.

The news of John’s role in the Lion King comes just months after it was confirmed that he had joined the cast of Marvel’s superhero film Black Panther along with his son, Atandwa Kani and Rhythm City actress Connie Chiume.

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Disney has turned a slew of its animated classics into live action films already. With the new takes on Dumbo, Aladdin and Mulan on the horizon, there’s no stopping anytime soon.