Shahrukh Khan will voice the character of Mufasa – the wise King of the Pride Lands, and his son Aryan Khan will lend his voice to Simba the cub who is the primary character.
According to the Indian Express, the Hindi version is set to be released on July 19, 2019 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
The Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the animated musical classic The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and is based on a screen play by Jeff Nathanson.
Shah Rukh said in a statement, “The Lion King is that one movie that my entire family loves the most and it holds a very special place in our hearts. As a father, I can totally relate with Mufasa and the endearing relationship he shares with his son – Simba. The legacy of Lion King is timeless and being a part of this iconic re-imagining with my son Aryan makes it extra special for me. We are most excited that AbRam is going to watch this.”
Bikram Duggal, Head, Studio Entertainment, Disney India, said, “The Lion King is a classic that epitomizes Disney’s prowess of bringing heartwarming stories that are timeless and transcend generations. Now with the re-imagined version, our aim is to reach out to a wider audience; introducing the tale about a pride of lions to a whole new generation of audiences while forging a deeper connect with existing fans. We cannot imagine having a better voice cast than Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan to bring the characters of Mufasa and Simba to life in Hindi.”