TheWrap has revealed comedian and political commentator John Oliver has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic The Lion King.
According to the trade, Oliver is set to voice the red-billed hornbill Zazu. Oliver joins Donald Glover who stars as the voice of Simba, and James Earl Jones who returns to voice Simba’s father Mufasa once again. In addition, the film also features Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as the voices of Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog, respectively. Favreau is also eyeing Beyonce for the role of Simba’s love interest, Nala.
The project is expected to begin production sometime this summer in Los Angeles, the same place the director shot last years live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. The script has been penned by Jeff Nathanson, the writer behind this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and several Steven Spielberg movies including Catch Me If You Can and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The Lion King is currently slated to hit theaters July 19, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the live-action adaptation of The Lion King as we learn it.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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