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Disney's The Lion King Remake: Casting All 10 Major Roles

Only one man can replace the legendary James Earl Jones...

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You've got to feel sorry for the creative team in charge of virtually any remake. After contending with all the inevitable backlash, the 'why does this need to exist' naysayers and the 'don't tarnish the original' pessimists, they have to turn their focus to the unenviable job of recasting a series of potentially iconic, classic or seemingly untouchable roles.

And yet, we've seen this job performed incredibly well, on numerous occasions; the entire cast of The Departed, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and perhaps most notably, the killer ensemble at the heart of this year's remake of The Jungle Book. And if the latter film proved anything, it's that parent company Disney and director Jon Favreau know how to take a universally-beloved property and re-tool it in a fresh, creative, yet familiar way.

A big part of that was the use of photo-realistic environments and creatures, but an even bigger part was the brand-new cast, who managed to keep their characters close to the animated counterparts we all know and love, without doing a flat-out impersonation. If Favreau's forthcoming The Lion King remake is to succeed in the same way, the cast, again, must be right; but who can fill those oh-so-sizable shoes?

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This is assuming that The Lion King is recast in the same way The Jungle Book was - and if that's the case, here are our picks for the actors (and actresses) who could successfully take on 10 of the original's biggest roles...

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