The premiere of Disney’s computer-animated remake of the 1994 classic movie, The Lion King, is just around the corner, and it boasts a stellar cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, and Seth Rogan as Pumba.
Ahead of the movie’s July 19 release, Mexican singer and actor Carlos Rivera shared a big announcement on social media during the long Fourth of July weekend.
“Happy to share great news! I will voice #Simba in the version dubbed in Spanish for Latin America of the new Disney film #ElReyLeón that premieres in all theaters on July 19,” he wrote. “‘The Lion King’ returns to surprise my life, it is my beautiful ‘Endless Cycle.’”
This isn’t the first time Rivera has channeled his inner Simba. In 2011, he portrayed the beloved lion character in a musical of the same name.
“My dream was to play Simba in The Lion King. It was one of my good choices in life,” Rivera previously told Billboard. “It made me learn English, in case I was ever offered the role in English. Doing musical theater helped me a lot. I knew it would generate credibility and respect. There’s no cut-and-paste there.”
Rivera also starred in the Beauty and the Beast musical, the first major Broadway-like production produced by Disney in Mexico and formed part of the soundtrack for Disney’s Coco with his heartwarming track “Recuerdame.”
Check out his post below.
?¡Feliz de compartirles una gran noticia! Daré voz a #Simba en la versión doblada al español para Latinoamérica de la nueva película de Disney #ElReyLeón que estrena en todos los cines el próximo 19 de julio. El Rey León vuelve a sorprender mi vida, es mi hermoso “Ciclo Sin Fin”.? @disneystudiosla