Are you emotionally prepared for more of “The Lion King”? Disney will be introducing the characters to a new generation of viewers this year with an all-new story set to take place over a Disney Channel original series.
Disney announced today that the network will be a new Lion King sequel titled “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” and it already looks pretty adorable. The movie-event will be a precursor to a Disney Channel series simply called “The Lion Guard.” You can expect the film to air on the Disney Channel this November, and the actual TV series will air in 2016.
In “The Lion Guard” film, viewers will learn the story of Kion, the second son of Simba and Nala from Disney’s original “The Lion King.” In the film, Kion leaves to become the new leader of the Lion Guard, a special team that protects the Pride Lands from dangers.
The film already enlisted an impressive voice cast and a few fan-favorites from the original film will be returning as well. James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from “The Lion King” as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively, alongside Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) as Nala.
Max Charles (“The Strain”) stars as Kion. The voice cast also includes Joshua Rush (“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”) as Kion’s best friend Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) as Ono, an intellectual egret; Diamond White (“Sofia the First”) as Fuli, a confident cheetah; and Dusan Brown (“Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo.
As of right now, Nathan Lane (Timon in the original) hasn’t been announced.
Disney’s “The Lion King” was released back in 1994 and was an instant classic with viewers. The film later launched two sequel films and a spinoff television series, not to mention the incredibly popular Broadway production.