John Oliver to Voice Zazu in Live-Action 'Lion King'

John Oliver
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John Oliver

John Oliver has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's live-action Lion King movie as Zazu.

Oliver is joining a voice cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba) and James Earl Jones (Mufasa), as well as Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner who will voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

Rowan Atkinson voiced the uptight hornbill in the original 1996 animation, who serves as a feathered political advisor to Simba and Mustafa.

Oliver, who is best known as the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, has voiced Vanity Smurf in Sony's The Smurfs and Smurfs 2. He is repped by WME and Avalon.

Lion King is set for a July 19, 2019, release date.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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