Though live-action versions of Disney classics like Mulan and Dumbo are well into their various stages of production, the studio’s most hyped upcoming release may be their live-action remake of The Lion King. The project has been kept pretty under wraps, but fans just got their first look at the actors working on the movie via an Instagram post from Seth Rogen.
Rogen, who will be playing the role of Pumbaa, the flatulent warthog, posted a picture of himself alongside actors Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, and Jon Faraveu. Glover, taking a break from working on the Emmy Winning series Atlanta, will be playing the role of Simba while Eicher will be bringing his stand up comedy chops out to play Timon, a wisecracking lemur. Favreau, who’s perhaps best known for writing and starring in Swingers, is a talented director in his own right and will actually be helming the project.
After Simba is banished from Pride Rock early in the film he spends the rest of his childhood, adolescence, and early adult years roaming around the jungle with the likes of Timon and Pumbaa, so it makes sense that Rogen, Glover, and Eichner are working on voiceovers together. Still, a few major cast members were notably absent from the snapshot. Singer Beyonce will be playing the role on Nala, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver will be voicing Zazu, and James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Simba’s dad, Mufasa.
While this tease won’t satiate fans appetite for more details like say, a full length trailer would, it’s really about all they’ve got for now. D23 attendees gave Favreau a standing ovation after seeing exclusive footage of the film back in 2017. So while it’s going to be a real wait until the movie drops in 2019, that wait sounds very worth it.