The Lion King: Chiwetel Ejiofor Reportedly in Talks to Star as Scar

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According to a report from Hollywood Reporter, Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to voice the villain in the live-action adaptation of the Lion King. What Disney film would you like to see get the live-action treatment next?

The new Lion King's story was written by Catch Me If You Can and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Jeff Nathanson.

Scar was originally voiced by British actor Jeremy Irons, in the 1994 animated version.

According to The Wrap, Chiwetel Ejiofor is now in talks for the role. This will add another known name to the cast, and will continue Ejiofor's relationship with Disney.

Ejiofor played Mordo in Marvel's Doctor Strange.

This is not confirmed as of yet and there is no word right now about which other actors might be in the mix to voice Scar.

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Apart from voicing Nala, who is the best friend of Simba the Lion King, Beyoncé is also reportedly going to produce the movie's soundtrack.

He is, however, not the first person to be linked to this role.

Recently, Hugh Jackman was rumored to be voicing Scar however a representative for the actor stated there was "absolutely no truth" to the speculation, reported The Wrap. That possible casting was very well-received, but Ejiofor should fit in quite nicely with the assembled cast.

The new Timon and Pumbaa were cast earlier this year, with Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen providing the voices for the characters this time around. Together, they would form one star-studded cast for Disney and one that would be publicly appealing for a variety of audiences.

With filming on the movie now underway ahead of its release in the summer of 2019, we'll probably hear fairly soon whether Ejiofor takes on the part or not.

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