The Lion King: Live Action

All information on the upcoming live-action Lion King film will be collected here as it becomes available. Please send me any interesting items you might come across!

07/17/2017 - John Oliver as Zazu; Hugh Jackman as Scar

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Oliver is going to take on Rowan Atkinson's role as Zazu the hornbill in the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/lion-king-john-oliver-voice-zazu-live-action-movie-1019837

Seems like it could work!

This may have been covered elsewhere already, but Hugh Jackman is on the roll as Scar:

http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/hollywood/the-lion-king-live-action-footage-released-at-disney-biennial-expo-hugh-jackman-and-john-oliver-in-the-cast-4753316/

I've also heard Beyoncé might be tapped for Nala; but that might just be a rumor for now...

07/15/2017 - TLK Live-Action Sneak Peek at D23

We don't get to see it, but Disney unveiled a glimpse of the upcoming live-action Lion King at D23 Expo 2017.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/15/entertainment/d23-a-wrinkle-in-time-lion-king/index.html

Jon Favreau, director of "The Lion King," brought with him a piece of footage that elicited the most nostalgic feelings among the audience.

The footage show from the live-action "The Lion King" was a shot-by-shot remake of the opening scene from the animated film, complete with "The Circle of Life" blaring in the background and a first look at CGI Simba.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told the crowd the live-action version would be "respectful and faithful to the lion king you already know and love."


A "shot-for-shot remake" sounds pretty good, but one still has to ask "why even do this?" I suppose we'll find out if/when the preview makes it to the public...

04/28/2017 - Timon & Pumbaa Voice Casting Revealed

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been announced to play Pumbaa and Timon, respectively, in the upcoming live-action Lion King remake.

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/seth-rogen-billy-eicher-timon-and-pumba-in-live-action-lion-king-1202395488/

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Mufasa that he voiced in the original. Beyonce is still circling the role of Nala.

In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.

Jon Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, with the studio recently dating it for July 19, 2019.


These live-action remakes are apparently big hits for Disney, and TLK is a no-brainer following the success of The Jungle Book. It's great to hear they've got James Earl Jones back, and these new additions seem like pretty inspired choices.

02/17/2017 - Donald Glover and James Earl Jones confirmed for live-action TLK

Donald Glover (Atlanta, 30 Rock) has been officially cast as Simba in the new live-action Lion King movie, and James Earl Jones is confirmed to return as Mufasa.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/entertainment/donald-glover-james-earl-jones-lion-king/index.html

Donald Glover is going to be the mane event in Disney's live-action version of "The Lion King." And he'll be joined by an actor whose voice is as legendary as they come.

Glover has been cast as Simba in the studio's new take on the 1994 animated classic.

James Earl Jones has also come aboard the project. He will play Mufasa, reprising the role he previously voiced.

Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Taylor Thomas shared the role of Simba in the animated film, voicing the older and younger versions of the character, respectively.

Director Jon Favreau broke the news on Twitter.

He tweeted a picture of Glover with a caption referencing "Lion King" tune, "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."


No word yet on any other returning voices, or on what (if any) structural changes might be in play for the new movie that might affect casting. But this is the biggest news on the net for Glover right now—looks like his big acting break is upon him!

10/02/2016 - Live-Action TLK Remake In the Works

It's been reported in many places that as of September 28, Disney has announced a new remake of The Lion King, to be helmed by Jon Favreau.

The official statement by Disney is sparse on details, and describes the new movie only as "a new reimagining" of the original. Favreau's recent successes have been in the area of live-action remakes of animated classics such as The Jungle Book (which has been a critical and box-office success since its release); this has led many to interpret the announcement as meaning that the new Lion King will be similarly live-action in nature. But that's just speculation, and it could be entirely without merit. It might just as easily be as fully traditionally animated as the original for all we know. But Disney does say the new movie "follows" the "technologically groundbreaking" Jungle Book, so speculation that this will be another in the same vein isn't likely to be off-base.

What we do know is that the new movie is supposed to include songs from the original movie, so it probably won't stray too far from the source material. We don't know anything else yet, including voice cast, creative staff, or release date. But all that is sure to come.

Time to breathe some life back into this franchise, it seems!
🦁