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Donald Glover is your new Simba, and this week's other must-read Disney news!


A lot has been happening in the world of Disney this week. Scroll down for all the essential headlines.

Emma Watson stuns at Beauty and the Beast gala screening

Hollywood royalty came to London's West End last night as the Beauty and the Beast cast lit up the special screening of Disney's new movie.

New Belle Emma Watson, the Beast himself, Mr. Dan Stevens, and composer Alan Menken were among the A-list turn-outs, along with Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Ian McKellen. You can watch the movie when it's out on 17th March.

Donald Glover is Simba in The Lion King

Believe it when we say that Donald is everywhere at the moment. Childish Gambino, TV's Atlanta, an as-yet-undisclosed role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the man taking over from Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie – these are just a few of the projects he has on the go.

Well you can add another string to Donald's bow as he will be playing young lion Simba in Disney's proposed remake of their Oscar-winning 1994 smash, The Lion King. Directed by Jon Favreau, who last year transformed The Jungle Book into a live-action thing of wonder, the movie has some mighty shoes – or paw-prints – to fill. Favreau himself confirmed the news with the following Twitter snap.

James Earl Jones is returning as Mufasa!

Donald Glover? Pffftt. We're all over the news that the legendary actor – and commander of possibly the boomiest voice in cinema – is back to voice the noble, proud Mufasa in Favreau's movie (again confirmed via Twitter). It wouldn't be The Lion King without James' basso tones – thing is all us 90s kids will have to steel ourselves yet again for that heart-wrenching moment when he says goodbye. No, we're not crying, honest...

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