UPDATED: Since reports began circulating about Hugh Jackman voicing Scar in The Lion King, The Wrap reached out for comment from his official representatives. They have since denied the reports and said there's no truth to the actor taking on the role in the upcoming film. We've left the rest of this article in its original form.
Hugh Jackman is set to be providing the voice for Scar in the upcoming live-action adaptation for Disney classic, The Lion King. Having recently left his role as Wolverine, with his final X-Men film, Logan, the actor clearly enjoyed working with Disney so much that he took up the role of one of their most infamous villains. He replaces original voice Jeremy Irons.
Jackman joins a stellar voice cast, with those already confirmed including John Oliver as Zazu, Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and original Mufasa voice actor James Earl Jones reprising his role.
From director Jon Favreau, who’s also responsible for the recent live-action Jungle Book adaptation, the new take on The Lion King is shaping up to be one that attracts some incredible A-listers to ensure bums are in seats.
As expectations continue to grow for the upcoming remake, the stakes are raised higher than ever. The Lion King is a film that tops many people’s lists when they’re asked their favourite Disney movie, but with the incredible talent set to be involved, it’s looking highly likely it’s going to remain in that spot, and maybe even surpass all Disney flicks that have come before it.
The Lion King hits cinemas across the globe on July 19, 2019.