Hugh Jackman Will Voice Scar In Disney's Live-Action Lion King

Pablo Tucker
July 17, 2017

It was revealed to Omega Underground by someone with knowledge from the production that Hugh Jackman (Logan) has joined the voice cast of The Lion King as the main antagonist Scar. He replaces original voice Jeremy Irons.

Though Disney also screened previews of upcoming releases like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and the live-action adaptation of Dumbo, it's obvious that the Lion King stole the show. But Favreau proved with The Jungle Book that the technology developed to bring these animals to life through CGI did create an immersive new adventure that justified its existence.

The starry voice cast of "The Lion King" remake includes Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon) and John Oliver (Zazu).

The sequence ends with Rafiki marking Simba and then presenting him by holding him up over the animals gathered at Pride Rock.

It's plausible that Jackman could really be the voice of Scar, and his team is trying to keep it under wraps until there is an official announcement.

Jackman has completed his tenure as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, so there's every possibility that he may be seeking a new franchise to hang his hat on. This means it's just about 100% likely that Jackman won't be involved with The Lion King at all. Unfortunately, for now it seems as if this claim doesn't hold water but fans still have hope for Jackman.

Despite silence on Jackman, there were major castings confirmed at the D23 expo this weekend, and they belong to fellow Disney movie Aladdin. Note: Disney has not stated when and if it will release this first look at the film.

The live-action remake is set to hit theatres July 19, 2019.

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