This announcement comes with some tantalizing hints at changes to the story, what with named characters we've never heard of before—Azizi and Kamari—as well as a targeted release date of summer 2019. Robert Guillaume might have been best known to the world as the star of TV shows such as "Soap", "Benson", and "Sports Night", but we in the TLK fandom know him as the original and best recognized voice of Rafiki.Only the second of the original cast to leave us (after Madge Sinclair, Sarabi), Guillaume had a long and illustrious career spanning from stage to screen to the sung and spoken word.

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He won two Emmy awards for his work in his signature sitcoms, as well as a Grammy for a spoken-word adaptation of .

Robert Guillaume voice the character in the original and is one of the most important supporting characters in the story.

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Zimmer is responsible for several iconic and easy to pick out scores, so it is no surprise he is coming back for the live-action tale.

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Jon Favreau, director of "The Lion King," brought with him a piece of footage that elicited the most nostalgic feelings among the audience.

Rafiki is probably most remembered for his iconic moment holding up Simba to the crowd at Pride Rock in the beginning of the movie, a sequence that we know will be retold faithfully in this version of The Lion King thanks to some footage that was shown at Disney's D23 Expo.

Next up, The Hollywood Reporter says that Oscar-nominee Alfre Woodard has been cast as Sarabi in .

The combination of Beyoncé and Zimmer would be a formidable pairing and would all but guarantee The Lion King will sound incredible, along with having stunning visuals.

Both parties should have creative freedom to add new moments for the live-action take, but the D23 footage also guarantees Favreau is looking to stick close to the original material when possible.

The footage show from the live-action "The Lion King" was a shot-by-shot remake of the opening scene from the animated film, complete with "The Circle of Life" blaring in the background and a first look at CGI Simba.