Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to play Scar in The Lion King remake

He could join a cast that already boasts Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver.

Twelve Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly being lined up to voice the sly and villainous Scar in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.

The Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to voice the character, joining the likes of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver in director Jon Favreau’s big-screen effort, according to US website The Hollywood Reporter.

In the 1994 original, Scar was voiced by British actor Jeremy Irons.

Laurence Olivier Awards – London
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Yui Mok/PA)

Rogen will play Pumba, while British comedian Oliver will take on the role of highly-strung bird Zazu.

James Earl Jones is lined up to voice Mufasa, reprising his role from the original film, while musician and Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Glover will voice Simba.

It was confirmed by Disney in September last year that the Favreau-directed project would be going ahead, following the success of his live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

Similar remakes in recent years include Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast and Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent.

Disney have been contacted for comment.

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