According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alfre Woodard has signed on to join Jon Favreau's big screen remake of Disney's The Lion King.
Woodard will provide the voice of Sarabi, Simba's mother. She joins a cast that already includes Donald Glover as ''Simba''; James Earl Jones playing ''Mufasa''; John Oliver portraying ''Zazu''; and Seth Rogen as ''Timon.'' The screenplay is by Jeff Nathanson.
Released in theaters in 1994, The Lion King was a global box office smash, grossing $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It received Academy Awards for the original song, Elton and Tim Rice's Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Hans Zimmer's original score, as well as two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies.