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Comedian John Oliver to voice Zazu in Disney's "The Lion King" remake

Comedian John Oliver to voice Zazu in Disney's

In perhaps one of the best pieces of casting yet in Disney's slate of live-action remakes, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver, has joined Jon Favreau's upcoming, live-action remake of the 1994 classic The Lion King as Zazu, the red-billed hornbill. The character is a stickler for the rules, much to the chagrin of Simba, who doesn't take him very seriously and often makes Zazu the butt of his jokes.

John Oliver joins an already star-studded cast that includes: Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon).

He will play Zazu.

. He previously lent his voice to Vanity Smurf in both 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2.

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

As evidenced by the current cast list for Disney's live-action The Lion King, it seems the Mouse House and Favreau are again bringing in a number of talented and well-known actors to lend their voices to new versions of classic characters - as they did with The Jungle Book. Also, the myths are very strong in it, so you're hitting something even deeper than the movie sometimes. "What I'm trying to do is honor what was there ... there are certain expectations people have". Unlike The Jungle Book though, numerous main cast members in The Lion King are more well known for the comedic work, like Oliver.



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