Adult Simba – Chadwick Boseman
Yes, I want Boseman to play his second Disney cat. This is yet another example of a previous role showing shades of a Lion King character. In Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa loses his father and is forced to take up the mantle of the Black Panther to defend him. Boseman brought both regal elegance and complex emotion to the role. Since Adult Simba really isn’t in The Lion King for very long, he has to make a huge impression very quickly. Boseman would make for a much more stoic Simba, which would work far better in live action. There would be a quiet intensity to him that would draw the audience in. Sure, we’d get shades of the grief he carries for his father, but it would be deeper down until the scene where Mufasa appears to him in the clouds. Perhaps Boseman would not be interested in the role due to its similarity to Black Panther, but perhaps getting the chance to sing could change his mind. Despite being dubbed over in Get On Up, the guy has a pretty great voice.
Honorable Mention: Charlie Cox