Disney's live action remakes have been winning audiences for two years now. First, Cinderella found its footing in 2015. The following year saw Jon Favreau bring The Jungle Book to a whole new generation, while Beauty and the Beast waltzed its way across the $1 billion mark at the box office. Now, Favreau is making his return by leading a "live action" retelling of The Lion King.
In an exclusive delivered by The Wrap, Chiwetel Ejiofor is in negotiations to take on the role of the diabolical Scar. He will be joining Donald Glover's Simba, James Earl Jones' Mufasa, and John Oliver's Zazu if everything comes together. Reports originally pointed to Hugh Jackman possibly taking on the role, but his representative shot that down soon after.
I myself wanted to see Jeremy Irons make a return just as Jones did. All that aside, Ejiofor is a great choice. His acting chops can take him from an Oscar Nomination for 12 Years a Slave to a mystical confidant in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Lest we forget, this is a remake. Changes should be made to differentiate itself while still carrying the core themes of the original.
The Lion King will rise into theaters on July 19, 2019 with the same mind-boggling visuals that brought us The Jungle Book.
What are you guys thinking? Is Chiwetel the right fit for Scar, or would you have preferred Irons to make a comeback? Would Jackman have been a suitable talent to fill those shoes? Lets us hear it. Stay frosty!