Jon Favreau's live-action remake of The Lion King is closing in on finding its villain, with Chiwetel Ejiofor currently in talks to voice Scar. Disney continues to churn through their previous animated classics at rapid pace and one with their immediate focus is bringing a "live-action" take to one of their all-time classics. 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.
Even without a human character, The Lion King has some beloved and iconic characters for Favreau to reimagine. He has so far brought in many new voices to give their takes on the characters, but also has seen James Earl Jones reprise his role as Mufasa. Fans of the animated film had long hoped that Jeremy Irons would do the same as Scar, but that will not be the case.
The Wrap is reporting that Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently in talks to voice Scar in Favreau's take. This will add another known name to the cast, and will continue Ejiofor's relationship with Disney. He recently joined the Mouse House family by playing Mordo in Doctor Strange.
Ejiofor is not typically a voice actor, but will do so here for Favreau. The role could also require some motion capture, but figures to be role that will mainly just require Ejiofor's voice. Given his continued rise in Hollywood through the years, that could result in a role that doesn't take up too much of his time, but also continues to keep him involved with major films. Whether it is his new role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his possible role in Disney's live-action tales, or Oscar caliber roles like 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofer's addition only continues to add those with acclaim to the cast.
He is, however, not the first person to be linked to this role. While it was later denied, rumors initially pegged Hugh Jackman as a contender for the role of Scar. That possible casting was very well-received, but Ejiofor should fit in quite nicely with the assembled cast. Should Ejiofor officially join The Lion King, he will join the likes of Donald Glover (Simba), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), John Oliver (Zazu), and possibly Beyonce (Nala). Together, they would form one star-studded cast for Disney and one that would be publicly appealing for a variety of audiences.
Source: The Wrap
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019