Meet Disney's new Simba: Donald Glover. You might also know him as the award-winning guy from "Atlanta," or the future Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo standalone movie. He's everywhere lately, and that's a good thing.

Jon Favreau is directing Disney's live-action "The Lion King" remake, which Variety said is being fast-tracked even as Favreau works on the sequel to "The Jungle Book."

Favreau just announced Glover's casting, along with news that James Earl Jones will once again play Mufasa, whom he voiced in the 1994 animated blockbuster:

So that's two Star Wars connections: The voice of Darth Vader, and the new Lando. Just saying.

Disney is on a live-action roll at the moment -- from "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" to "The Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" -- even if some fans still wish they'd leave their animated classics alone.

There's no official production start date yet for Favreau's "Lion King," but stay tuned.

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The Lion King
G1994
Based on 14 critics

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas),... Read More

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