'Lion King' Actor JD McCrary Talks Young Simba, Performing at the Grammys

JD McCrary is among the star-studded cast of the live-action remake of Disney’s 'The Lion King,' along with Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones and more.

JD McCrary, only 10 years old, has already landed a role in one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2019: Jon Favreau's live-action adaptation of The Lion King.

McCrary sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss being the voice behind young Simba and what it was like sharing the stage with his co-star Donald Glover at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

On how he landed onstage with Glover, McCrary explained, “They called me and they wanted me to sing with Donald Glover and that was cool, so I said, ‘Yeah, I want to be on the Grammys. That’s awesome.’ Then I went, we rehearsed, and then we did it. And also I got to meet everybody that I wanted to.”

McCrary went on to talk about what it was like working on The Lion King, saying, “It was a really great experience because it was just really fun.” While he has yet to meet all of his famous castmates from the film, he did meet and work with director Favreau. “He’s a very in-depth person with what he’s doing, but he’s really cool.”

While audience members won’t get to hear McCrary voice young Simba until summer 2019, he did reveal the title of his new song: “Inviting All of You.” “Everybody can listen to it,” the actor said. “It doesn’t matter what age you are, what race you are, what gender you are — it doesn’t matter. You could be anybody and you could listen to it.”

The Lion King is set to hit theaters July 19, 2019.