According to The Wrap, we have another cast member joining the live-action adaption of The Lion King. Comedian John Oliver, host of the popular Last Week Tonight will lend his voice to the Disney re-imagining. In some of the best casting yet, he’s set to take on the sassy bird-steward Zazu.
In the original animated classic, Zazu was voiced by another popular British comedian. Rowan Atkinson, of Mr. Bean fame, brought the character to life. Putting on airs and even bringing laughs, he became an integral part of the story. I still catch myself singing the coconut song in the same way he does. In what could have been a forgettable part, Atkinson made sure to be remembered. And we’re sure Oliver will do the same in his stead.
Oliver joins an already fantastic cast with James Earl Jones reprising his role as the king Mufasa. Hollywood’s busiest man Donald Glover has been cast as our hero, Simba. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are voicing fan favorites Timon and Pumbaa. Disney’s favorite director, Jon Favreau, is at the helm. With his work on The Jungle Book, he’s proven himself in working “live-action” animals with a compelling story. He’s bound to knock it out of the park.
What do you think of the casting? Be sure to let us know! The Lion King will be in theaters July 19th, 2019.
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