John Oliver to voice Zazu in Lion King remake

John Oliver to voice Zazu in Lion King remake

John Oliver to voice Zazu in Lion King remake

Still reaping the benefits of The Jungle Book's success, Jon Favreau wants to assemble as much talent as he can to tackle what could be one of Disney's most ambitious live-action projects yet. The English comedian also follows in the footsteps of countryman Rowan Atkinson, who voiced Zazu in the 1994 animated movie.

Oliver recently lent his voice to upcoming animated film Amusement Park for Paramount and starred as Vanity Smurf in Sony's The Smurfs franchise. When he isn't taking down privatized prisons, John Oliver will be voicing the savannah's nosiest critter, Zazu.

Representatives for Disney and Oliver have yet to comment on the reported casting. Zazu helped to raise and advise the Mufasa's son, Simba, and when the pride leader was slain by his brother, Scar, Zazu held his position and served the usurper. Top that off with Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen playing the ideal characterizations of their comedic sensibilities, Timon and Pumbaa, and rumors from heaven above that Beyoncé may voice Nala, and things just couldn't get any better. It received Academy Awards for the original song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John, Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), as well as two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies.

The good news is that we might be getting The Lion King cast announced in full very soon.

Obviously, we mostly know him for his sass as the Alfred to Mufasa and Simba's Batman.

The Lion King is slated to hit theaters on July 19, 2017.

Related news