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THE LION KING (2019): Seth Rogen And Billy Eichner Cast As Timon And Pumbaa

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Seth Rogen And Billy Eichner To Play Timon And Pumbaa In The Lion King

This Is the End star Seth Rogen and Difficult People lead Billy Eichner will lend their voices for The Lion King.

As a writer and producer, Rogen has had a hand in several of the biggest comedy films of the past decade, many of which featured him in starring or supporting roles. His resume includes The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, and the Neighbors series. Eichner, on the other hand, rose to fame with his Funny or Die series Billy on the Streets and his role as Craig on Parks and Recreation.

Now, it appears the two comedians are set to take over the roles of Timon and Pumbaa for Disney‘s planned live-action remake of its classic 1994 film. Comingsoon.net, the source of this story, shares the following information about the roles:

Echoing the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern roles from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Timon and Pumbaa serve as Simba’s close friends. In the original animated feature, Timon and Pumbaa were voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella. Both stars returned for a Timon and Pumbaa animated series in the late ’90s (although Lane was later replaced by Kevin Schon and then Quinton Flynn). The pair also received their own direct-to-home video animated feature The Lion King 1 1/2, inspired by Tom Stoppard’s famous Hamlet side-quel Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

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