Gabrielle Union Lands Lion King Spinoff

Gabrielle Union Lands Role in Lion King Spinoff

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Gabrielle Union is making yet another power move as she takes on the role of Nala in the Lion King spin off The Lion Guard.

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According to Yahoo, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar follows Simba and Nala’s son Kion as he assembles a team of heroic young animals to help protect Pride Rock and “maintain balance within the Circle of Life.”

The Disney favorite, The Lion King, grossed $987.4 million globally since its release two decades ago and the Tony Award-winning musical remains the highest grossing Broadway production in history, according to Yahoo. It’s North American tour and the Broadway show each surpassing $1 billion in ticket sales and global ticket sales surpassing $5 billion worldwide from 22 productions.

Union will join cast members Rob Lowe as the voice of Simba, and James Earl Jones as he will resurrect his role as Mufasa.

The  TV movie is expected to premiere in fall 2015, with the spin-off series planned  for early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.