His team member claimed there was "absolutely no truth" to the rumor and fans instantly became deflated. He chose to bring some of the footage with him and debuted it to the crowd at D23.
The sequence ends with Rafiki marking Simba and then presenting him by holding him up over the animals gathered at Pride Rock. Much like the Jungle Book you wouldn't be able to tell these were not real animals. However, that is highly unlikely. Donald Glover will voice Simba, James Earl Jones with return to voice Mufasa after playing the lion in the 1994 animated original, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner will take on Timon, John Oliver as Zazu and the rumoured Hugh Jackman as the villainous Scar. Thanks to the story of Lion King, this means he winds up spending a good deal of time with the big bad, Scar, and Jackman is now set to take on the role. Jackman definitely has the angry pipes to play the villain, as fans have been used to his haggard voice as Wolverine for years. Alas with what Jackman's representatives have said, it seems there's zero room for Jackman being involved. He replaces original voice Jeremy Irons. This new report hasn't been confirmed by Disney or acknowledged during today's announcements, so feel free to read into this picture the Logan star recently shared however you like. He's making Lion King (scheduled for a July 19, 2019 release) on a bluescreen stage in Los Angeles, again using virtual production techniques by reteaming with Jungle Book's Oscar winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato and lead VFX house MPC and VFX house Weta. Note: Disney has not stated when and if it will release this first look at the film.