Lion King: John Oliver to Voice Zazu in Jon Favreau Remake

John Oliver Lion King

Similarly, there have been reports that Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will voice loveable pals Pumbaa and Timon, but again, we don't know for sure. Disney fans may also recognize Oliver's voice as that of Wax Sherlock Holmes from the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters". 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.

This is the latest entry in Oliver's lengthy list of voice roles, which includes Rick and Morty, The Simpsons, Danger Mouse, Bob's Burgers, The Smurfs and Robot Chicken.

Oliver is an Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer, best known for his work on his weekly HBO news show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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Representatives for Disney and Oliver have yet to comment on the reported casting. So far these are the only cast members that have been revealed, although it's been rumoured that Beyoncé might be playing Nala - Simba's childhood love interest.

Might we get to hear Oliver sing a few bars of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" himself? Whether or not we really need a live-action Lion King is another question. According to the site, the Lion King reboot WILL include songs from the animated film.

Behind the camera will be Jon Favreau, with a release date slated for July 19, 2019.

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