Last fall, while we were all reeling from the remake of The Jungle Book and anticipating the release of the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced plans to give The Lion King the same live-action treatment that the other classics got.
Lately, Disney has found success in re-imagining their old movies. Beauty and the Beast raked in over $1 billion, so it is a no-brainer that they're taking on one of the best animated movies next.
The company confirmed that Jon Favreau, the director behind the latest Jungle Book film, will spearhead the project, but at the time they did not provide us with information about the cast or a release date.
Now, over a year since Disney spilled the beans, we finally know when the movie will hit theaters and who will be starring in it.
Many fans had hoped that the original cast would reunite for the remake because honestly, it's hard to imagine Simba without Jonathan Taylor Thomas' raspy voice or Rowan Atkinson as Zazu, but sadly only James Earl Jones will reprise is role as Mufasa.
With that said, the new cast features some major talent and we're absolutely excited to see them bring one of our favorite movies to life again.
So who made the cut?