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Casting The Perfect Lion King Remake

Beyoncé as Nala is just the beginning

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Word broke today that Lion King director Jon Favreau has his eyes set on a pretty big name to play Nala in his remake of the Disney classic. Beyoncé, to be exact.

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Naturally, the news sent the internet and classic Disney fans into a frenzy.

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That's not all. Donald Glover is already pegged to play Simba and James Earl Jones is set to reprise his role as Mufasa.

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This got me thinking. Who else could Disney cast to make a legendary remake? Here's a breakdown.

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Young Simba - Emjay Anthony

Sadly, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is probably too old to play our beloved child protagonist. Fortunately, that's not the case for Emjay Anthony. Anyone who has Netflix has probably watched Chef. Emjay Anthony shines as the precocious and charming son of Jon Favreau.
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Sadly, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is probably too old to play our beloved child protagonist. Fortunately, that's not the case for Emjay Anthony. Anyone who has Netflix has probably watched Chef. Emjay Anthony shines as the precocious and charming son of Jon Favreau.

Young Nala - Bella Ramsey

Bella Ramsey is mostly known for her supporting character, Lyanna Mormont, on Game of Thrones. The scene stealing Ramsey has the perfect mix of sass and spunk for young Nala.
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Bella Ramsey is mostly known for her supporting character, Lyanna Mormont, on Game of Thrones. The scene stealing Ramsey has the perfect mix of sass and spunk for young Nala.

Scar - Idris Elba

Let's be real. Idris Elba was straight terrifying as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. Plus, he's already a favorite of Jonny Favs. This is a lock.
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Let's be real. Idris Elba was straight terrifying as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. Plus, he's already a favorite of Jonny Favs. This is a lock.

Timon - Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari's pint-sized frame and mile a minute comedic rants are perfect for Timon. He would bring a fresh new spin on everyone's favorite wisecracking meerkat.
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Aziz Ansari's pint-sized frame and mile a minute comedic rants are perfect for Timon. He would bring a fresh new spin on everyone's favorite wisecracking meerkat.

Pumbaa - Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen has all the makings of Pumbaa. Pumbaa is the more subdued and lazy of the comedic duo yet he still brings the funny. Plus, he's got that signature stoner laugh.
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Seth Rogen has all the makings of Pumbaa. Pumbaa is the more subdued and lazy of the comedic duo yet he still brings the funny. Plus, he's got that signature stoner laugh.

Zazu - Simon Pegg

With all due respect to Mr. Bean, Simon Pegg is the perfect Zazu. He's smarmy, funny, and unmistakably British.
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With all due respect to Mr. Bean, Simon Pegg is the perfect Zazu. He's smarmy, funny, and unmistakably British.

Rafiki - Morgan Freeman

Ever the wise elder, Rafiki plays a pivotal role in The Lion King. Morgan Freeman may not be as eccentric as the original Rafiki, but his commanding voice would add a touch of wisdom to the character.
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Ever the wise elder, Rafiki plays a pivotal role in The Lion King. Morgan Freeman may not be as eccentric as the original Rafiki, but his commanding voice would add a touch of wisdom to the character.

There's my dream cast. Who else do you think should pop up at Pride Rock?

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