Disney is slowly collecting a nice slew of voice talent for their upcoming live-action Lion King. First, there was Donald Glover playing Simba, along with James Earl Jones returning as the voice the wise Mufasa. The studio is pretty keen on snagging Queen B to play Queen of the Jungle, Nala. And now, they’ve announced who’s taking on the roles of jungle best-friends forever and ever:
Timone and Pumbaa will be played by – drumroll, please — Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner.
Since it’s April 25th, this is too late to be an April Fool’s joke, so this is really happening. James Franco’s bestie and that guy from the street are really going to croon “Hakuna Matata,” and also the opening few bars of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”
The Wrap first broke the news, and this is BIG NEWS. According to The Wrap, Rogen will voice Pumbaa, and Eichner will lend his sweet, sweet voice to Timon. The two will take over the roles from Ernie Sabella and Nathan Lane, respectively, who played the warthog and meerkat duo in the OG animated version..
Neither Rogen nor Eichner has Tweeted/Instagram’ed/commented on this casting yet, so we excitedly await their grand announcement. And, also just how they’ll tackle these iconic roles, along with how they’ll get into character.
There are still a lot of important roles left to be cast for this movie, like SCAR, along with Rafiki, Zazu, and the hyenas. However, there’s still plenty of time left to find them, as the movie doesn’t open for two more years:
We just can’t wait for the live-action Lion King! Sorry. But, come on, BE PREPARED for Lion King puns till 2019.