One of the notable challenges facing the new live-action adaptation of The Lion King is simply building a cast that can compete with the voices from the 1994 original.
That being said, the production just found two absolutely perfect actors to play Timon and Pumbaa in the Jon Favreau movie, as it's being reported the roles will go to Bill Eichner and Seth Rogen, respectively.
The Wrap has the news that Eichner and Rogen are both now in final negotiations to join the cast of The Lion King, which has spent the last few weeks starting to establish an all-star ensemble.
In taking the roles, the two actors are stepping in the footsteps of Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, who are truly beloved particularly because of their rendition of the song "Hakuna Matata." Should they both sign on the dotted line, the two stars will be joining a cast that not only includes James Earl Jones, but also Donald Glover as the voice of Simba.
Because of the humor they bring to the story, Timon and Pumbaa are arguably the most beloved characters in the story, and audiences around the world will be anticipating Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner's rendition of Hakuna Matata: As we learned earlier today, The Lion King is set to be released on July 19, 2019 - which means production will very likely start up before the end of the year (it's a project that is going to require a great deal of post-production work).