According to a new report, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in “final negotiations” to voice two major characters in Disney’s new The Lion King. Rogen is in line to voice the warthog Pumbaa, with Eichner reportedly set to bring the meerkat Timon to life, two sources told Hollywood news The Wrap.
In the 1994 original Lion King, Nathan Lane voiced Timon, with Ernie Sabella bringing Pumbaa to life. The characters famously sang the song “Hakuna Matata” and others in the Disney classic.
Disney has not yet made any official casting announcements about Timon and Pumbaa for the new version of The Lion King. The movie is being directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau and comes to theaters in July 2019.
Donald Glover voices Simba, while James Earl Jones returns to voice Mufasa. According to a recent report, Beyonce is being eyed to voice Nala.
The new Lion King has big shoes to fill, as the original made more than $968 million at the box office and won multiple Academy Awards, in addition to a pair of Grammy Awards for its soundtrack.
Disney and Favreau are also working on The Jungle Book 2, after last year’s entry made $965.8 million worldwide.
Author Eddie Makuch
Original Post by GameSpot