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MOVIES: The Lion King - News Roundup *Updated 26th November 2018*



26th November 2018 - Amy Sedaris Joins Cast

Comedian Amy Sedaris has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action “The Lion King” remake, numerous individuals close to the project tell Variety. She will voice an animal brand new to the kingdom that was established in the 1994 animated classic.

Sedaris will play an elephant shrew — so named for long noses that resemble elephant trunks, the tiny mammal is native to Africa and known for its top speed.

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25th November 2018 - Teaser Trailer Breaks Disney Records





22nd November 2018 - Teaser Trailer + Poster







18th October 2018 - Jon Favreau Shares Recording Session Photo





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. 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 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. 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

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25th April 2017 - Release Date Revealed





30th March 2017 - Beyonce is Disney's 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.

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







13th October 2016 - Jeff Nathanson to Pen 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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