If you needed another reason to look forward to 2019, here is the perfect one.
Disney recently announced the cast for the 2019 remake of "The Lion King," and the stars tapped to voice the characters of the classic children's film have created an internet buzz.
Lending her voice to the role of Nala the lion will be none other than pop star Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The role of Simba will be handles by music producer, rapper and actor Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino).
James Earl Jones will reprise his role of the patron Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated version of the film. other cast members include Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") as villain Scar, comedian John Oliver ("Last Week Tonight") as uptight hornbill Zazu and Billy Eichner ("Bob's Burgers") and Seth Rogan ("Pineapple Express") voicing the duo of Timon and Pumbaa.
According to Disney, the Jon Favreau film will be a "new take" on the classic story, and will feature "pioneering film-making techniques."
The live-action remake is scheduled for release on July 19, 2019, and is one of several reboots under the Disney umbrella, including "The Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast."