The Lion King photo-realistic CGI remake may finally have its villain. After casting Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and John Oliver as Zazu, Disney is now in talks with Chiwetel Ejiofor to voice Scar, Simba's scheming uncle, The Wrap reports.
The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, will use a similar technique to that of The Jungle Book, which he also remade for Disney. With photo-realistic animals moving in natural animalistic fashion but human, English-speaking voices and emotions, Disney hopes to bring The Lion King to a new generation when it premieres in the original's 25th anniversary year, 2019.
Ejiofor has sung before, in Kinky Boots, so he's ready for the musical movie, and he's already part of the Disney family after playing Mordo in 2016's Doctor Strange (and hinting at a villainous return for an as-yet-unannounced sequel).
The Lion King is the latest in the live-action or hybridized remakes of Disney Animated classics, after Beauty and the Beast this year and The Jungle Book's success the year before, amongst others. The Aladdin remake revealed its principal cast at D23, as Disney plans to release as many as four of these in the next two years, including The Lion King scheduled for July 19, 2019.