We have known for some time that Grammy Winner Chance The Rapper worked on Disney’s upcoming retelling of The Lion King as a nostalgia consultant. However, that is not all he did for the film.
During a Twitter Q & A with Entertainment Tonight, the film’s director Jon Favreau revealed that Chance, a huge fan of the film, recorded multiple lines for the film and that he voiced multiple animals during the “Hakuna Matata” sequence, as well as an antelope that interacts with Simba.
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Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Staying true to the classic story.
Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way.
The film stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala. Hans Zimmer is on board composing the film as he did the 1994 animated classic. Elton John and Tim Rice will also be returning, as they are set to collaborate with Beyoncé on a new song.
The Lion King will roar into theaters on July 19, 2019.