It’s getting harder and harder to ignore Disney’s live action remakes as they stack each new film with more and more A+ talent. The Lion King live action remake is no exception, with the announcement that Luke Cage and A Series of Unfortunate Events actress Alfre Woodard has been cast as Sarabi, mother of Simba (Donald Glover) and wife of Mufasa (a returning James Earl Jones.)
Woodard first rose to fame on the stage, before gaining critical acclaim in the film Cross Creek and an Emmy for her work in Hill Street Blues. To contemporary audiences, she is known for her roles on Netflix as corrupt city councilwoman Mariah Dillard in Luke Cage and fearful Aunt Josephine in A Series of Unfortunate Events. She has also appeared recently in the films Juanita, 12 Years A Slave, and Burning Sands. She is replacing the deceased Madge Sinclair, who voiced Sarabi in the 1994 film.
The film, which features the additional voices of Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and John Kani, recently entered production and is set to be released on July 19, 2019.