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JOHN OLIVER, THE LION KING
In July, EW confirmed that the British Last Week Tonight host will be taking on the part of Zazu, the uptight hornbill who serves as King Mufasa's majordomo. Rowan Atkinson originated the voice role in the beloved 1994 original.
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SETH ROGEN, THE LION KING
If this is true, it's pretty awesome: in April 2017, The Hollywood Reporter said Rogen was in talks to play stinky, lovable warthog Pumbaa in the live-action Lion King. Even better: the film got a release date, July 19, 2019.
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BILLY EICHNER, THE LION KING
Joining Rogen as the other half of the duo? Billy on the Street's hilarious Eichner, who The Hollywood Reporter said may potentially play meerkat Timon.
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WILL SMITH, ALADDIN
In April 2017, EW confirmed that Smith is in "early talks" to play the beloved blue guy in the live-action Guy Ritchie-helmed remake of Aladdin — a role made famous by Robin Williams. Also reportedly in the works at the House of Mouse: a live-action remake of Dumbo (with Tim Burton directing and rumors of Eva Green as the female lead), The Little Mermaid and Mulan (cast and crew TBD).
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BEYONCÉ, THE LION KING
In a piece of very exciting news in March 2017, Variety reported that Queen Bey was director Jon Favreau's top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming movie — even willing to work the production schedule around the impending birth of her twins. We imagine a new song, or two, or 10 would be in order if the singer were to sign on.
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DONALD GLOVER, THE LION KING
He's going to be a mighty king! Glover will star in the upcoming Jon Favreau-directed film, which will use performance-capture technology and computer-generated imagery, according to EW.com — and will also include many of the hit songs from the beloved 1994 animated hit. Hakuna matata, indeed.
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JAMES EARL JONES, THE LION KING
This one doesn't require much imagination: Jones will again lend his voice to the original king of the jungle, a role he defined in the 1994 animated classic.
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EMMA WATSON, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
With beauty and brains, it didn't take a bookworm to know to cast Watson in the lead role of the smash hit Disney blockbuster.
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DAN STEVENS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The Downton Abbey went back to familiar territory – a big, European-set, castle-like house – in Beauty and the Beast.
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JOSH GAD, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
"[Director] Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn’t like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent," Gad told the Associated Press of his on-screen alter ego, who has Disney's first "gay moment" in film.
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LUKE EVANS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
My what a guy, that Evans! He's an intimidating figure off-screen, and on-screen, gives Gaston his muscles and determination. "[He] uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy to go and attack somebody they’ve never met. Somebody that’s different. Somebody that only represents a danger because [Gaston] says that he represents a danger," Gad shared of his counterpart.
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LILY JAMES, CINDERELLA
James didn't need a fairy godmother to perfect the Cinderella look for the 2015 adaptation.
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RICHARD MADDEN, CINDERELLA
He may have lost the Game of Thrones, but Madden certainly made the perfect Prince Charming in Cinderella.
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BILL MURRAY, THE JUNGLE BOOK
Murray took on the role of the big friendly bear, Baloo, in 2016's adaptation of The Jungle Book.
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ALEXANDER SKARSGARD, TARZAN
The live action adaptation, The Legend of Tarzan, wasn't produced by Disney, but there's no denying that the character is a Disney classic. To prepare for the role, Skarsgard got even more chiseled than animators could have imagined!
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MARGOT ROBBIE, TARZAN
Robbie is joined the cast as Tarzan's love interest, jungle visitor Jane Porter.
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CATE BLANCHETT, CINDERELLA
The animated version of Cinderella's evil stepmother was intimidating, but Blanchett's portrayal of her in Cinderella took the fear factor to a new level.
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ANGELINA JOLIE, SLEEPING BEAUTY
Jolie, on the other hand, showed a different side to the famous dragon lady in Maleficent.
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ELLE FANNING, SLEEPING BEAUTY
When Disney animators drew up Sleeping Beauty back in 1959, we imagine they had someone like Fanning in Maleficent in mind.