'The Lion King' Spinoff Roars with James Earl Jones, Rob Lowe
The "Circle of Life" is coming full circle.
James Earl Jones' deep, stately voice return to the animated character he originated in 1994's "The Lion King" in the Disney flick's upcoming spinoff "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar."
Reprising his part as Mufasa, Simba's late father (who returns in the spiritual form), the 84-year-old joins Rob Lowe, who plays Simba, and Gabrielle Union, who voices Simba's wife Nala.
The Disney Channel TV movie follows Kion (Max Charles), the cub of Simba and Nala, as he leads the Lion Guard--a diverse assembly from the animal kingdom--on a mission to protect the Pride Lands.
It is the fourth spinoff since "The Lion King" debuted nearly 20 years ago. The direct-to-video sequel "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" was released in 1998, followed by 2004's "The Lion King 1½."
"The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar" is expected to air in November on The Disney Channel and Disney Junior.