Alfre Woodard, best known for her roles in Love & Basketball, True Blood, and most recently Professor Hughes in the Netflix film Burning Sands, is the latest actress cast in the live action remake of The Lion King. The Jon Favreau-directed film has added Woodard to voice Simba’s mother Sarabi.
Alfre Woodard will be joining Donald Glover, who is slated to play Simba, James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as Musafa, and 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.
Using virtual production techniques to produce the film, Favreau says:
We love this movie and we are working hard,” said director Jon Favreau, fresh off directing The Jungle Book. He’s making Lion King (scheduled for a July 19, 2019 release) in Los Angeles, again using virtual production techniques by reteaming with Jungle Book’s Oscar winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato and lead VFX house MPC.
This time, however, they are incorporating virtual reality tools and techniques. “We are going to use a lot of virtual reality tools so it feels akin to what you are looking at [if you were on a real set],” explained Legato during a keynote that he gave at NAB in April. “You can walk around the set like a cameraman. You can make a ton of mistakes and no one has to see them. [Wearing VR headsets] the actors can now walk into a scene and see the other actors and trees … and because you are in 3D, you get a realistic sense [of the environment].”
Can’t wait to rewatch a childhood classic, with memorable talent and a new technological touch.
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