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MOVIES: The Lion King - News Roundup *Updated 1st November 2017*

1st November 2017 - Cast Announced; Beyonce Confirmed as Nala

7th August 2017 - Alfre Woodard to Voice Simba's Mom

Alfre Woodard is the latest to join Jon Favreau's Lion King, voicing Sarabi, Simba's mom. Woodard joins Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who will be reprising his role as Mufasa. Madge Sinclair voiced Sarabi in the original 1994 Disney animation.

2nd August 2017 - Chiwetel Ejiofor in Talks to Voice Scar

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was nominated for an Oscar for starring in 12 Years a Slave, is in talks to voice the role of Scar, the traitorous villain in Disney’s live-action re-imagining of its classic, The Lion King, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The new movie is currently shooting in Los Angeles.

10th July 2017 - John Oliver Cast as Zazu

John Oliver has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's live-action Lion King movie as Zazu.

Oliver is joining a voice cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba) and James Earl Jones (Mustafa), as well as Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner who will voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

Rowan Atkinson voiced the uptight hornbill in the original 1996 animation, who serves as a feathered political advisor to Simba and Mustafa.

25th April 2017 - Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner in Final Negotiations to Voice Timon and Pumbaa

Hakuna matata, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner: The comedy stars are both in final negotiations to join Jon Favreau’s live-action take on “The Lion King,” two individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Rogen will voice the role of warthog Pumbaa, and Eichner will tackle meerkat Timon.

The characters are responsible for one of the most memorable songs in the original animated film — an upbeat number centered on the Swahili phrase “hakuna matata,” which translates to “no worries.” The roles were originated by Nathan lane

Representatives for the pair did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment. The film is currently in preproduction in Los Angeles.

25th April 2017 - Release Date Revealed

30th March 2017 - Beyonce is the Top Choice to Voice Nala

Sources tell Variety that Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake.

Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the role yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.

19th March 2017 - Production to Begin in May

17th February 2017 - Donald Glover Cast as Simba and James Earl Jones Returning as Mufasa

13th October 2016 - Jeff Nathanson to Write Script

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran scribe Jeff Nathanson has been tapped to pen the screenplay for The Lion King, Disney’s re-imagining of the iconic animated pic that Jon Favreau has recently came aboard to direct following the blockbuster success helming The Jungle Book. The live-action film is being fast-tracked to production, though no dates have been disclosed.

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