Comedians Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have signed on to play one of Disney’s most iconic duos.
According to a report by Variety, Rogen and Eichner will voice the roles of Timon and Pumbaa, respectively, in the live-action remake of The Lion King. And we’re definitely not mad about it.
The carefree warthog and meerkat were arguably the most memorable characters in the original 1994 animated film. Not only did they anchor the incredibly catchy “Hakuna Matata” number, they also landed an animated TV series. So you know a lot of thought and consideration went into these casting decisions.
The Timon and Pumbaa news comes more than two months after it was revealed Donald Glover will play the lead role of Simba and James Earl Jones will take on Mufasa. The cast looks good so far, but we wonder who will be tapped to play Scar and Nala.
Sources told Variety the film’s director Jon Favreau—the man behind the live-action remake of The Jungle Book—is eyeing the one and only Beyoncé for the role of Nala. Considering the movie is now being fast-tracked, it shouldn't be much longer before Disney reveals the rest of the cast.
The Lion King is scheduled to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.