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John Oliver joins the cast of 'Lion King' remake

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'Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's Lion King movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 40-year-old talk show host will voice the character of Zazu.

Oliver joins 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, previously known for 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' wrote the script for the live-action adaptation.

The film is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

'Mr Bean' fame Rowan Atkinson voiced the uptight hornbill in the original 1996 animated pic, who serves as a feathered political advisor to Simba and Mustafa.

This is not the first John Oliver will be lending his voice to a animation flick. He has voiced Vanity Smurf in Sony's 'The Smurfs' and 'Smurfs 2'.

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

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 12:37 IST