August 3, 2017


'Lion King' Live-Action Remake: Chiwetel Ejiofor Might Be Our New Scar

Ejiofor: Mike Marsland/WireImage
Ejiofor: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Disney's Lion King live-action movie continues to expand its cast, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to voice everyone's favorite sassy villain—Scar. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the negotiation news on Wednesday afternoon.

If true, Ejiofor will follow Jeremy Irons who voiced the iconic character in the 1994 animated classic. The Oscar nominee is known for his roles in 12 Years a Slave, The Martian and Doctor Strange. The current Lion King remake cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones returning to voice Mufasa, John Oliver as Zazu, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and PumbaaBeyoncé is also reportedly in talks to play Nala.

Look out for the Lion King live-action movie on July 19, 2019. It will be directed by Jon Favreau (Elf, The Jungle Book, Iron Man). Next, get into this special Besterday podcast episode where Bianca Gracie and guest co-host Steven Smith discuss if Disney live-action remakes are even necessary anymore: