The Lion King Casts Civil War's John Kani as Rafiki

Joanna Estrada
August 8, 2017

Say what you will about the idea of Disney remaking all of their classic animated movies, but at least they're staffing those remakes with terrific actors.

According to The Wrap, John Kani, who played T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, is going to be playing crazed Baboon psychic Raifiki in The Lion King.

Woodard will play Sabari, Simba's mother.

Much like the original animated film, Sarabi is incredibly distraught by Mufasa's death and Scar has taken advantage of the lack of leadership by commanding the rest of the pride to bow at his command.

I can't imagine Favreau would cast someone as respected as Woodard to come in to deliver only a handful of lines of dialogue, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Sarabi have a lot more involvement in the story this time around.

Earlier this month at Disney's D23 presentation, Jon Favreau, who is directing the new film, surprised fans with a first glimpse at how the famous "Circle of Life" opening from the original "Lion King" would look in his new version. News has it that the movie has just cast two more voice actors in the roles of Rafiki and Sarabi (Simba's Mom). THR reports that the actress, who plays Mariah Dillard in Marvel's Luke Cage, has joined a cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon) and John Oliver (Zazu).

The Lion King is set to hit theaters July 19, 2019.

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