Disney’s Live-Action Lion King Film Casts Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa
Disney is continuing their potential casting momentum from last week with another announcement for their upcoming adaptation of the animated classic The Lion King. As The Wrap reports, actors Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have been officially cast in the live-action film as the voice roles of Timon and Pumbaa, respectively. The lovable meerkat and warthog team seem well-suited to Rogen‘s fun-loving comedic style and Eichner’s fast-talking persona from his game show Billy on the Street.
The acting pair will have big shoes to fill as veteran performers Nathan Lane and Jim Cummings made the comedic roles of Timon and Pumbaa a beloved part of the 1996 version of The Lion King. The animated duo are also memorable for one of the film’s most iconic songs “Hakuna Matata”, the laziness anthem of our childhoods.
Since the massive success of this year’s Beauty of the Beast remake, Disney has been moving on to their other planned adaptations with Aladdin and Mulan which began pre-production not long ago. Disney’s The Lion King adaptation is up next and has already started casting major characters, including a reprisal of James Earl Jones to the role of Mufasa and Donald Glover’s addition as Simba. We’ll let you know more news as it develops here at Don’t Feed the Gamers.
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