Today The Wrap reported more casting news pertaining to Disney’s live-action The Lion King movie. John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will be voicing Zazu in the live-action adaptation. Zazu is a red-billed hornbill who serves as an advisor to King Mustafa. He is a combination of uptight dignity as he runs around trying to make sure things don’t go completely haywire, especially after Mustafa’s demise.
This would not be Oliver’s first rodeo in the voice acting realm. He has voiced the Vanity Smurf in Sony Pictures’ The Smurfs. He’s also frequently found voicing characters in TV shows like The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. Considering how distinctive his voice is, I applaud all voice over projects from John Oliver.
John Oliver will be joining Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mustafa, Seth Rogan as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The official synopsis for the original animated film is below:
Disney’s The Lion King follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
Disney’s The Lion King is expecting to roar into theaters on July 19, 2019.