The 'Last Week Tonight' host joins Donald Glover and James Earl Jones, who have been tapped to voice Simba and Mufasa respectively, in the upcoming remake of the Simba saga.
Disney has added a new member to the burgeoning cast of "The Lion King (2019)". TheWrap is the first to report that "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has joined the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's 1994 hit animated movie "The Lion King".
The funnyman, who has voiced characters for "The Smurfs" movie series, "The Simpsons", "Rick and Morty" and "Bob's Burgers", will lend his voice to "Lion King" character Zazu, the uptight red-billed hornbill who is royal adviser to Mufasa and, later on, his son Simba.
Reps for Oliver have yet to comment on the casting report. The "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" host joins Donald Glover and James Earl Jones who have been tapped to voice Simba and Mufasa respectively. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have previously been reported to be in talks to play the beloved warthog Pumbaa and his street meerkat pal Timon.
The live-action remake is scheduled by the Mouse House to be released in theaters across the United States on July 19, 2019. Jon Favreau, who worked on 2016's live-action version of "The Jungle Book", is attached to serve behind the lens.