In what might be the one of the most ingenious casting moves out of Hollywood, the live-action version of The Lion King just signed deals with Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to play none other than Pumbaa and Timon. Can you feel the love? Because we just can’t wait for them to sing and dance along with Donald Glover‘s Simba, as they help him grow from the cub who lost his dad, Mufasa (James Earl Jones) into the future king.
The Wrap confirmed the actors are in final negotiations, and once everything’s squared away, they’ll each take to their Twitter accounts to share the news officially. Or perhaps director Jon Favreau will do it for them.
Rogen is basically Pumbaa come to life, what with his adorable, warthoggy ways and fierce warrior styles. And you know he can probably fart with the best of them. Though never call him a pig, because that’s just offensive.
As for Eichner, his Billy on the Street episodes, and his fantastic Twitter feed prove he can handily play a wise-cracking meerkat. But, did you know he also has the voice of an angel?
While Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have actual humans to portray, we’re still not sure how Disney’s going to bring The Lion King and all its animal characters to life. We can’t wait to see what Favreau — who also helmed The Jungle Book — has up his sleeve.
The Lion King is scheduled to hit theatres on July 19, 2019, so we’re still a long way away. All we know is we have no worries.