Elsewhere in Lion King talk, Hugh Jackman is said by Omega Underground to be joining the film to voice the film's villain Scar.
Scar was originally voiced by Jeremy Irons in the 1994 cartoon film, and his iconic portrayal would be hard to mimic.
The long anticipated live-action movie Lion King is being directed by Jon Favreau and has a star cast of people who are going to do the voice-acting. Jackman also posted a photo of himself at Disneyland on Friday, which only added fuel to the fire. Obviously, The Lion King will be using a lot of CGI and a lot of green screen, but with the help of VR the crew can get closer to the experience before it's been properly assembled. Favreau was also the genius behind the majorly successful The Jungle Book remake past year.
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.
Disney also teased its live action remake of its animated classic Dumbo, which has been given a March 29, 2019 release date. He's making Lion King (scheduled for a July 19, 2019 release) in Los Angeles, again using virtual production techniques by reteaming with Jungle Book's Oscar winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato and lead VFX house MPC.