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By Damilola Faustino

Nigerian British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor will join the cast in the remake of “The Lion King” and he will voice Scar. This confirms rumours that have been making the rounds for a while now.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

The Walt Disney Studios has revealed the main cast for its upcoming live-action remake of its 1994 animated classic.

Other cast members include Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Beyonce as Nala, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Keegan-Michael Key as a hyena.

Scar is introduced in the first film as the uncle of Simba and younger brother of Mufasa. Originally first-in-line to Mufasa’s throne until he is suddenly replaced by nephew Simba. Scar decides to lead an army of hyenas in his plot to take the throne by killing Mufasa and exiling Simba, ultimately blaming his brother’s death on his nephew.

The Lion King opens on July 19, 2019.  Here’s the very familiar official synopsis:

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theatres on July 19, 2019.

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