Disney is intent on monetizing…I mean…bringing their entire animated library to life, which means a live-action version of Zootopia is not far away. In addition, the massive success of live-action Beauty and the Beast is more than likely providing a greater incentive for the House of Mouse to continue to expand their animated-to-live-action plans. With that being said, the cast of the live-action version of The Lion King is coming together. Per The Wrap:
Hakuna matata, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner: The comedy stars are both in final negotiations to join Jon Favreau’s live-action take on “The Lion King,” two individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Rogen will voice the role of warthog Pumbaa, and Eichner will tackle meerkat Timon.
The characters are responsible for one of the most memorable songs in the original animated film — an upbeat number centered on the Swahili phrase “hakuna matata,” which translates to “no worries.” The roles were originated by Nathan lane
To be honest, I kind of like this bit of casting. Both Rogen and Eichner are funny in their own right, and have displayed their comedic chops together in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, albeit in non-buddy form. However, this particular pairing will definitely be welcomed by fans.