- Beyonce will play Simba's childhood friends Nala
- Donald Glover will take up Simba's role in the film
- The Lion King is one of the biggest animated films of all time
Comedian John Oliver was confirmed as Zazu, while other big names in the production - set for release in July 2019 - include Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner.
"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life," said director Jon Favreau, who helmed Disney's hit live-action remake of The Jungle Book (2016), in a statement confirming the cast.
The production will build on Disney's hugely lucrative reimagining of that movie and several other classics from its vaults - including Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent and Cinderella - for contemporary audiences.
The Lion King is one of the biggest animated films of all time, with a lifetime global box-office gross of just under $1 billion.
It won Oscars for the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John and Tim Rice, and for its score by Hans Zimmer, plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling more than 14 million copies.
Translated into eight languages, the film's 23 global stage productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. The worldwide gross for the brand exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in history.
Stunning early footage of the live-action version shown at Disney's D23 fan convention in Southern California in July climaxed in the iconic moment when Rafiki introduces newborn Simba to the animals of the savannah.
"This is a story that belongs to everyone who grew up with the original film," said Favreau. "I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using new techniques and technologies."
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