lion-guardChristopher Willis has been tapped to score Disney Television Animation’s upcoming movie and series The Lion Guard. The projects are developed by Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) and will continue the story introduced 20 years ago in the studio’s animated classic The Lion King. The movie and show will center on the second-born cub of Simba and Nala as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Riley also serves as an executive producer and Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is the director. Willis has previously scored Disney’s Mickey Mouse Shorts, for which he received his first Annie Award earlier this year. The Lion Guard television movie is set to premiere in the fall of 2015 and the subsequent series will air in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.

Willis also continues to co-score HBO’s hit comedy Veep with Rupert Gregson-Williams. The show has recently been picked up for a fourth season to air in 2015.