Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to voice Scar in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of THE LION KING at Disney, an individual familiar with the project has told the Tracking Board.
Donald Glover and James Earl Jones are voicing Simba and Mufasa this time around, while Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will voice Timon and Pumbaa. John Oliver recently signed on to voice Mufasa’s trusted advisor Zazu.
Jeremy Irons voiced Scar in the original animated classic, and while Favreau did bring back Jones, it seems he wanted new blood to play the villainous lion, who happens to be Simba’s uncle.
There’s still no word on the voices of Rafiki or Nala, though Beyoncé is still believed to be Disney’s top choice for the latter character.
Disney gave Lion King fans a glimpse at its live-action remake during D23, showing off the famous “Circle of Life” scene featuring photo-realistic CGI animals that continue to raise the bar in the wake of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Matt Reeves’ two Apes sequels and Favreau’s own remake of The Jungle Book.
Ejiofor earned an Oscar nomination for his work in 12 Years a Slave, and he recently co-starred in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The English actor will soon be seen as Peter in Mary Magdalene and as evangelist Carlton Pearson in the indie drama Come Sunday. He’s represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin as well as CAA, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TheWrap broke the news of Ejiofor’s likely casting, which is still pending since the deal hasn’t closed.
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