Chiwetel Ejiofor In Talks To Voice Scar In The Lion King

Donald Glover is voicing Simba in director Jon Favreau's re-imagining of the animated classic

The character was first portrayed by Jeremy Irons in the original 1994 animated classic. Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon) and John Oliver (Zazu) have all joined the cast of The Lion King live-action film.

According to TheWrap, Ejiofor is in talks to voice Simba's evil uncle, Scar.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is an English-Nigerian actor who has been acting in theatre, television, and movies since the late 1990s. We'll let you know when we hear more. Lucky for us, the actor will reprise the role in Jon Favreau's anticipated remake.

It will be especially interesting to see how much Favreau utilizes the memorable songs from the original film, considering how how much his "live-action" version of The Jungle Book was dinged for being sort of half-assed with its music. Yep, that means Ejiofor is in the runnings to play Scar. Atlanta creator Donald Glover will play Simba, the young lion who exiles himself from his pride after his father Mufasa's death. Favreau is no stranger to this process following The Jungle Book, but The Lion King presents a new series of challenges thanks to its status amongst fans, but also the lack of any human component.

The new Lion King's story was written by Catch Me If You Can and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Jeff Nathanson. In this case, Donald Glover is to take on the role of Simba this time around, taking on the part from Matthew Broderick. The Wrap has said that an inside source close to the project has revealed the talks, so it's best to take the news with a grain of salt.

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