With the success of Disney’s live action adaptations of some of its most famous and iconic films, it is hard for anyone to expect them to slow this train down and stop making live action remakes. Disney’s slate for the next few years is full of live action remakes and one of its most iconic animated movies is the next one in line.
It was announced sometime ago that The Lion King would be getting it’s own live action remake which sent fans into a frenzy. It was then announced that James Earl Jones would be voicing Mufasa in the film much like he did in the animated movie and that Donald Glover would be voicing Simba in the film which are both fantastic castings if we may say so. Now according to The Wrap Disney have cast Timon and Pumba for the film.
Seth Rogen who many will know from the likes of Superbad and Knocked Up will voice everyone’s favorite warthog Pumbaa and Parks and Rec alumni Billy Eichner will voice his partner in crime Timon the Meerkat. These are pretty good castings to add the the two characters that have already been cast. Both men have great comedic value and will bring plenty to each character.
With the exception of Simba, Mufasa, Timon and Pumbaa Disney have not yet cast any other character from the film but it will be interesting to see who they cast to play the list of Scar, Rafiki, Nala, Zazu and some of the films other iconic characters.
Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) and written by Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), is scheduled to go into production this May