THE LION KING Press Conference Cast Interviews

  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • The Lion King press conference cast interviews with Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Kani, Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre & Billy Eichner.

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    Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (Juanita, Marvel’s Luke Cage) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s Tyler Perry’s The Paynes, Apple’s Vital Signs) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s Hairspray Live, Broadway’s The Lion King) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

    Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani (Coriolanus, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he relies on two newfound friends—Seth Rogen (Sausage Party, Neighbors) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, FX’s American Horror Story) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat Timon.

    From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into cinemas Summer 2019.
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Comments • 145

  • Jason Zhang
    Jason Zhang  1 weeks back

    When I led the guard Scar got his scar

    • Son Smurfin
      Son Smurfin  2 months back

      RIP no James Earl...

      • Christopher Glowienka
        Christopher Glowienka  3 months back

        James Earl Jones is not there, I understand If he wasn't up for cause he is up there in age.

        • Patrick wolfe
          Patrick wolfe  3 months back

          Can ya'll leave Beyonce alone pls she has Jay z for Christ sakes

          • Yogi Bear
            Yogi Bear  4 months back

            Lmfaooo Billy yelling from across the room😂

            • Noliso Mshunqane
              Noliso Mshunqane  4 months back

              I'm more proud to be South African and African

              • Soter 96
                Soter 96  4 months back

                The actor portraying Rafiki is so articulate and wise, I love how he made the film a part of himself. The Lion King is a global story but it's mainly about Africa and dedicated to all Africans and their legacy, I found it so moving. And also Lebo M came from South Africa during the time of apartheid, I think he was injustly imprisoned for a time, imagine not being able to create his opening masterpiece.

                • Linda Ryczek
                  Linda Ryczek  4 months back

                  I just went to see this movie tonight, & oh WOWIE!😃. It is a beautiful, awesome movie..,the art, the graphics, the photography, the filming, the musicians & singers, the actors, the voices, the emotions...It IS so very wonderful, & I loved it immensely💖. The movie can be watched in 3D also, and I am going again in a few days to watch this movie again, in 3D, and that will be an amazingly fun experience! 😃

                  The people who created this new version of Lion King are, in my opinion, sheer creative geniuses. 💖💖💖.

                  • Shannon
                    Shannon  4 months back

                    Who's here to complain about Beyonce not being at this press conference lol? She gave them a video and album. AND she is arguably the biggest star on the planet right now & people are CRAZY! Imagine Michael Jackson showing up to a movie press conference. Nah!

                    • Shannon
                      Shannon  1 months back

                      @Lord of laughteryou're still replying!? Lol I understood what you said. You failed to understand my sarcasm. I'm just trolling at this point. Lol and yes, if I was Beyoncé, or any other public figure, I would not show up either, especially if people who feel they are entitled to your presence are sitting in the audience. U seem to fit that description.

                    • Lord of laughter
                      Lord of laughter  1 months back

                      @Shannon you didn't even understand my explanation plz read and understand it ain't difficult😂🙄😂.

                    • Lord of laughter
                      Lord of laughter  2 months back

                      @Shannon pls read carefully before you talk man I'm not quarreling with you. we're men

                    • Shannon
                      Shannon  2 months back

                      @Lord of laughter lol it's people like you that is the reason she probably stayed out of the mix. Too much focus on her. That would overshadow the rest of the cast. DISNEY, a multi billion $ company, knew what they were doing contractually when they worked with her. Hence why she isn't there. Also, didn't know you knew MJ personally. Were you Leaving Nederland? Lol

                    • Lord of laughter
                      Lord of laughter  2 months back

                      The fact you're a star doesn't mean you can't be humble enough to go to a press conference and fyi mj was humble.

                  • Charles Johnson
                    Charles Johnson  4 months back

                    the faces were emotionless, Mufasas death was to quick and some scenes seemed to rushed I don't know.

                    • Kuroi San
                      Kuroi San  3 months back

                      It's a live action and when do we see emotions on faces of animals

                  • Indira Solis
                    Indira Solis  4 months back

                    JD was so hyped up. OMG i love it. he's so cute and talented

                    • Dee Emm
                      Dee Emm  4 months back

                      Beyonce had to be an individual.

                      • BigBoss7777777
                        BigBoss7777777  4 months back

                        5:35 this kid needs to calm the fuck down, sounds like he's about to bust a nut. You got the part kid, you can relax now.

                        • Gerald Alvino Fugen
                          Gerald Alvino Fugen  4 months back

                          I'm always a huge fan of The Lion King (1994) since i was a kid. But the only thing i can say about the remake, The Lion King (2019) is that... It's a failure, definitely not the legendary The Lion King i knew of. It was like watching National Geographic with some voice casts and musics that being played at cinema. No emotions & feelings roller coaster swing, dead romance atmoshpere, personally only found 2 comedy scenes that actually is funny, etc. The only good thing other than the visual effect & CGI which is definitely great is, thank you for whoever held the idea to NOT CHANGING the first 5 minutes part of the movie, and the circle of life song (there are small minor change, but still acceptable).

                          • ErinIona
                            ErinIona  4 months back

                            THe energy from JD is freaking adorable

                            • Indira Solis
                              Indira Solis  4 months back

                              ikr!! i couldn't stop smiling seeing how hyped up he was

                          • Notorious Faridh
                            Notorious Faridh  4 months back

                            Fuck Beyonce. The legendary Hans Zimmer is out here

                            • Martha Mphofu
                              Martha Mphofu  4 months back

                              Dr Kani (Rafiki) & Lebo M (singer) proudly African

                              • Red
                                Red  4 months back

                                I dont understand the kid saying weird well lmao too guys uncle bad simba doesen't listen good dad of simba well pumba like a bull 😂

                                • EverydayWandaful
                                  EverydayWandaful  4 months back

                                  Beyonce makes her own rules

                                  • EverydayWandaful
                                    EverydayWandaful  4 months back

                                    Beyonce omg I love her

                                    • Kanisa Olatunji
                                      Kanisa Olatunji  4 months back

                                      Swear that dude looks like happy from Spiderman

                                    • Lauryn Stewart
                                      Lauryn Stewart  4 months back

                                      I think it’s nice that Beyoncé isn’t there, it’s like not having someone upstage the cast, it’s a about the movie the director the cast not Beyoncé

                                      • Aly
                                        Aly  4 months back

                                        Beyonce's too big of an artist to do interviews like this. The only way she'll do one is if it's on her time. I'm grateful for the 2 little lion kind interviews she did. We'll never get another for a looooong time.

                                        • ALB
                                          ALB  4 months back

                                          Y’all know damn well by now that Beyonce isn’t comfortable doing interviews or anything press related... any interview you search of her, she appears to be and sounds nervous. Even when she accepts awards if she attends... she seems nervous speaking. So I don’t know why y’all are always surprised that she isn’t present lol I’d be more surprised if she was.

                                          • Kenneth lewis
                                            Kenneth lewis  4 months back

                                            Beyoncé Is a Busy person and mother of 3 ..I’m sure she made a choice to be with family and not do a interview..her works speaks enough..🐝🐝🐝🐝

                                            • Patrick Munga
                                              Patrick Munga  4 months back

                                              U fuckers stop hating on my queen b

                                              • kiira0823
                                                kiira0823  4 months back

                                                It’s so funny that so many people didn’t want her to play Nala but, want to know why she isn’t doing any interviews. It’s okay, I’m a fan too boo😂🐝🐝

                                                • LJ B
                                                  LJ B  4 months back

                                                  In the back of my mind I knew Beyoncé wouldn’t be here but I was still hoping lol 😂

                                                  • Annabel
                                                    Annabel  4 months back

                                                    I even forwarded a bit to see if she might be there. 🙈🙊

                                                • Lamont King
                                                  Lamont King  4 months back

                                                  Jason Weaver should’ve voice sing for adult simba

                                                  • Chris Mealer
                                                    Chris Mealer  4 months back

                                                    Came to the comments to see if Beyonce was in attendance, I see she's not in attendance I'm not watching goodbye.

                                                    • Lord of laughter
                                                      Lord of laughter  2 months back

                                                      Lol dude so you worship a human Is she s God you can be better than her if you get her opportunity.😂

                                                    • Iman Khan
                                                      Iman Khan  4 months back

                                                      Everything is not about her. They have such an amazing cast and all you people want is Beyoncé. Seriously I love her but she is not that special

                                                  • Christian Fernandaz
                                                    Christian Fernandaz  4 months back

                                                    Beyonce thinks shes yop good once again to show love

                                                    • 10hooper
                                                      10hooper  4 months back

                                                      Or Beyonce doesn't want to take the shine from everyone. Damned if she do damned if she dont

                                                    • 10hooper
                                                      10hooper  4 months back

                                                      Or Beyoncé doesnt want to take the shine from everyone. Damned if she do damned if she dont

                                                  • Alaaddintimez
                                                    Alaaddintimez  4 months back

                                                    Look at eric andre all kid friendly. Look how they massacred my boy

                                                    • wendy mashinkila
                                                      wendy mashinkila  4 months back


                                                      • RicoLamar987
                                                        RicoLamar987  4 months back

                                                        Beyoncé is tired of people I’m telling you lmao & she is tired of y’all asking her questions, I’m sure Beyoncé told the studio no press

                                                        • The Introverted Alchemist
                                                          The Introverted Alchemist  4 months back

                                                          @Kohu Dumadag None of those people have Beyonce's celebrity. Her experience with the public is very different.

                                                      • Quentin Wafer
                                                        Quentin Wafer  4 months back

                                                        Beyonce doesn't have to be there she isnt a main character...and she dosent do interviews unless she chooses people can sit here and say where beyonce then is she is there yall say why is she there shes horrible like leave beyonce along she had done enough interviews in her life thi geesh

                                                        • Ana Oliveira
                                                          Ana Oliveira  4 months back

                                                          Nala ia only the plot twist

                                                        • Quentin Wafer
                                                          Quentin Wafer  4 months back

                                                          @Kohu Dumadag she been in the game since the 90s beyonce has done enough interviews she can skip a few....that woman has done with hate criticism...all kind of rocks thrown at he im sure she can handle

                                                        • Quentin Wafer
                                                          Quentin Wafer  4 months back

                                                          @Saw Dust Donald Glover is the main character the whole movie is based upon Simba .....

                                                        • Saw Dust
                                                          Saw Dust  4 months back

                                                          The other actors aren't the main characters either, so WYM??

                                                      • Dean
                                                        Dean  4 months back

                                                        Lmao 😂the same people who hate that Beyonce is in the movie and hate that she's always in the media are the same ones complaining about her absence. Anyways so called "fans" who want her to do an interview should know by now they make her uncomfortable😑. Also non of you know the details within her contract with Disney and her roles. Lastly did it ever occur to any of you that Disney doesn't want her to do any interview, mhm ever tried looking from a different perspective?🤔

                                                        • Ashley A
                                                          Ashley A  4 months back

                                                          Good point. I'm not a fan of Beyonce like that and I was wondering why she hasn't done any interviews.. I didnt know it made her uncomfortable as it is. Also I just think it's weird for her not do an interview for a big film. Idk that's just my opinion.

                                                        • Chi Non
                                                          Chi Non  4 months back

                                                          Dean exactly they complain that she’s getting more shine than the cast. Yet this is the chance for them to pay attention to the cast yet they complain. 🙄

                                                      • Peter D
                                                        Peter D  4 months back

                                                        Where’s Jonathon Taylor Thomas?

                                                      • Carol Kaole2
                                                        Carol Kaole2  4 months back

                                                        I can't see Beyonce whyyyy

                                                        • Carol Kaole2
                                                          Carol Kaole2  4 months back

                                                          Chi Non yeah you're right

                                                        • Chi Non
                                                          Chi Non  4 months back

                                                          Carol Kaole2 focus on the cast you see

                                                      • Michiko chi
                                                        Michiko chi  4 months back

                                                        I knew it... Beyonce will never do an interview...

                                                        • Aly
                                                          Aly  4 months back

                                                          She did 2 of them for lion king

                                                        • Chi Non
                                                          Chi Non  4 months back

                                                          Musica Enthusiast she’s not required by Disney to do press tours. Besides since people are bitching about Beyoncé making the movie about herself, this is a chance for them to concentrate on the cast

                                                      • [UglyBarn58]
                                                        [UglyBarn58]  4 months back

                                                        Eric Andrea talking shit about Seth Rogan and Beyonce in his show is now in a interview with both of them

                                                        • Young Black King
                                                          Young Black King  4 months back

                                                          Tbh if Beyonce even was there the interviewer wouldn't have asked her that many questions. You got to think about it. She plays the voice of a character so there isn't much that can be asked, besides the fact that she made songs for the soundtrack. Yeah she would've been the main attention but it's really about the ppl that actually make movies like this that put it all together. And here, it's all about turning a classic movie into a real live version

                                                          • Chi Non
                                                            Chi Non  4 months back

                                                            kimbajan she did an interview for lion king already. It’s on YouTube

                                                          • Chi Non
                                                            Chi Non  4 months back

                                                            Nathaniel Lashley well duh

                                                          • Nathaniel Lashley
                                                            Nathaniel Lashley  4 months back

                                                            @kimbajan alright. I'm not a fan so y'all probably know better than me

                                                          • kimbajan
                                                            kimbajan  4 months back

                                                            its been 6 years since she talked to the press and gave an interview, it has nothing to do with her part being small.
                                                            she doesn't even promote her albums.

                                                          • Chi Non
                                                            Chi Non  4 months back

                                                            Nathaniel Lashley she has done promotion in her own way by releasing videos on her channel. That’s how she promotes her own projects. Her mothers wearable art gala was all about lion king and Beyoncé gave an interview then. she’s not required by Disney to do press tours. Have you asked yourself that? Obviously Disney doesn’t need her to do press tours. Besides since people are bitching about Beyoncé making the movie about herself, this is a chance for them to concentrate on the cast. She was also at the London premiere.

                                                        • double duchess
                                                          double duchess  4 months back

                                                          Beyonce is amazing but this is disrespectful for the fans for the movie come to one interview they won’t eat you ... shes acts like she’s untouchable it’s disrespectful

                                                          • Lord of laughter
                                                            Lord of laughter  2 months back

                                                            @Jassy Jones you're were there with beyonce shooting the music eh?

                                                          • Lord of laughter
                                                            Lord of laughter  2 months back

                                                            @Beyonce Knowles Carter So you saw her at the music video ma'am if you have proof good😂😂😂😂

                                                          • Lord of laughter
                                                            Lord of laughter  2 months back

                                                            So you were there to see beyonce you got proof right Lol see before ya talk 😂😂😂😂

                                                          • Master Ikem
                                                            Master Ikem  4 months back

                                                            Bootyonce is not untouchable

                                                          • Jassy Jones
                                                            Jassy Jones  4 months back

                                                            double duchess dude chill out I don’t think ever really does that many interviews and besides she was probably busy doing other stuff for the lion king like the sound track

                                                        • qwerttzizzi
                                                          qwerttzizzi  4 months back

                                                          Beyonce is never on a press or interview? Why?

                                                          • The Introverted Alchemist
                                                            The Introverted Alchemist  4 months back

                                                            @Ad Bens She stopped interviews way before the cheating, why even bring that up?

                                                          • Aly
                                                            Aly  4 months back

                                                            She just did one for the wearable art gala and one was released today.

                                                          • Kenny Le
                                                            Kenny Le  4 months back

                                                            It in her contract to be able to not do press tour because she Queen B.

                                                          • qwerttzizzi
                                                            qwerttzizzi  4 months back

                                                            @Chi Non why they called her dumb?

                                                          • Chi Non
                                                            Chi Non  4 months back

                                                            kimbajan does she owe anyone any explanation? Well after Wendy Williams and everyone else called her dumb and stupid, why are you surprised? I wouldn’t give any interviews either. But she does give interviews just not TV interviews. She talked about her pregnancy and history in vogue 2018. She’s also done an interview for lion king at her moms wearable art gala. You can watch it on YouTube

                                                        • sam rizzardi
                                                          sam rizzardi  4 months back

                                                          16:23 Hyenas

                                                          • coppertone87
                                                            coppertone87  4 months back

                                                            @Andrew Portillo This vid cut out a few of their jokes their jokes. Full thing in another vid.

                                                          • Andrew Portillo
                                                            Andrew Portillo  4 months back

                                                            sam rizzardi thank you

                                                        • Moe Shak
                                                          Moe Shak  4 months back

                                                          I did not Happy was a director he is a genius. He is funny as an actor and he’s this amazing of a director it’s just insane

                                                          • Marcus Brown
                                                            Marcus Brown  4 months back

                                                            He always been a director wayyyyyyyyy before iron man and always been my fav actor/director.Google his work .

                                                          • Janhavi Kumthekar
                                                            Janhavi Kumthekar  4 months back

                                                            He directed Iron Man

                                                          • Zack Pig
                                                            Zack Pig  4 months back

                                                            Moe Shak what you don’t make any sense

                                                          • art art
                                                            art art  4 months back

                                                            And jungle book

                                                          • Mia Tulloch
                                                            Mia Tulloch  4 months back

                                                            He directs the Iron Man movies

                                                        • Itamar Cuts
                                                          Itamar Cuts  4 months back

                                                          Chiwetel Ejiofor is the OG

                                                        • zippy blessed
                                                          zippy blessed  4 months back

                                                          Beyonce wouldnt be der coz she think shes too good to be der🙄

                                                          • kimbajan
                                                            kimbajan  4 months back

                                                            nice try, it's been 6 years since she last gave an interview.
                                                            she doesn't even promote her albums.

                                                          • 10hooper
                                                            10hooper  4 months back

                                                            Or she doesnt want to take the shine from everyone. Yall dont even like her but looking for her. How does that work?

                                                          • Monuments Humans
                                                            Monuments Humans  4 months back


                                                          • Chi Non
                                                            Chi Non  4 months back

                                                            zippy blessed yes so she doesn’t give idiots like you things to pick apart...go cry about it

                                                          • Chi Non
                                                            Chi Non  4 months back

                                                            little mix too

                                                        • ATX 2
                                                          ATX 2  4 months back