Who Voices Who in the New (And Old) ‘Lion King’

The new “Lion King” has an all-new voice cast, except for James Earl Jones, who reprises his role as Mufasa, Simba’s father.

Here’s who voices which character in both the new film and the 1994 version.


As pictured above, singer/actor Donald Glover voices adult Simba. In the 1994 film, Matthew Broderick provided his voice.


BeyoncĂ© Carter-Knowles is the voice of adult Nala. In the 1994 film, she was voiced by Moira Kelly of “The West Wing” and “The Cutting Edge.”


“12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor voices the villainous Scar. In the 1994 film, Jeremy Irons voiced Simba’s murderous uncle.


Afre Woodard voices Simba’s mother Sarabi in the new film. In the 1994 version, she was voiced by Madge Sinclair, who played Queen Aoleon in “Coming to America.”


JD McCrary of OWN series “The Paynes” voices young Simba. “Us” star Shahadi Wright Joseph voices young Nala. In the 1994 film, they were voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Niketa Calame.


Florence Kasumba, who played Ayo in “Black Panther” voices lead hyena Shenzi. Her more comical henchmen, Kamari and Azizi, are voiced by, respectively, Keegan-Michael Key and Eric AndrĂ©. In the 1994 film, Whoopi Goldberg voiced Shenzi, Cheech Marin voiced a hyena named Banzai, and voice actor Jim Cummings (who was the voice of Tigger and Pooh in “Christopher Robin”), voiced Ed the Hyena.


The hilarious meerkat and warthog duo are voiced, respectively, by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen. “Daily Show” alum John Oliver voices red-billed hornbill Zazu. In the original film, Nathan Lane voiced Timon, Ernie Sabella (who teamed again with Lane in “Mousehunt”) voiced Pumbaa, and Rowan Atkinson was Zazu.


The wise mandrill was voiced by “Benson” star Robert Guillaume in the 1994 film. In the new film, he’s voiced by John Kani, who played T’Chaka in “Black Panther.”

Additional characters:

Penny Johnson Jerald of “The Orville,” “Castle” and “24” voices Sarafina, Nala’s mother

“Parks and Rec” star Amy Sedaris voices a Guinea Fowl

Chance the Rapper (billed as Chance Bennett) voices a Bush Baby

Phil LaMarr, who voiced Goigoi in “The Lion Guard” TV series (and was the voice of Samurai Jack) voices an Impala

J. Lee of “The Orville” voices an unnamed Hyena

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