The Lion King live-action remake will see Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner take on the roles of Pumbaa and Timon.
That’s according to The Wrap who say that the comedy stars are “in final negotiations to join Jon Favreau’s live-action” remake.
Timon and Pumbaa have been cast in The Lion King live-action remake [Disney]
Rogen is known for his comedy films Knocked Up, This is the End and most recently, adult animated feature Sausage Party.
Eichner is known for his web series-turned-Comedy-Central show, Billy on the Street, as well as being a supporting cast member in the later series of Parks & Recreation.
In the film, Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog befriend a young Simba – who will be played by Donald Glover – and teach him the meaning of the phrase Hakuna Matata through the song of the same name.
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will reportedly voice the Disney characters Timon and Pumbaa [Getty]
“Hakuna Matata’ is a Swahili phrase which roughly translates to “no worries.”
Originally the roles were voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, who also sang the song written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the 1994 Disney animated film.
Neither actor has confirmed the reports, but Billy has been liking a lot of tweets about the casting news, while Seth liked this response:
Returning to his role of Mufasa is James Earl Jones, who also returned to the Star Wars franchise to voice Darth Vader once more in Rogue One.
Jon Favreau’s The Lion King remake is one of three titles to his name having previously directed The Jungle Book and in the process of making its sequel.
Other Disney live-action remakes in the works include Mulan, Dumbo and Aladdin as well as many more.
The Lion King is out on November 9, 2019.