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UPDATE: Hugh Jackman cast as Scar in Lion King remake

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UPDATE: Jackman's reps reached out to The Wrap and said the casting of the actor was purely just rumor, and one with "absolutely no truth"

The LION KING remake has possibly found its villainous kitty – and he’s puuuuurrrfect.

Omega Underground got word from someone close to the production that Hugh Jackman will lend his voice to the movie's main antagonist – Scar – in the remake of the animated classic. Jackman also took to Twitter to post a pic with the caption “PARTNERS,” further fanning the flames of his potential involvement in the future Disney megahit:

Neither party has officially confirmed the news, but Jackman’s possible casting comes off recent news that John Oliver would be voicing Zazu in the movie, which already has Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and James Earl Jones returning to voice Mufasa. Jeremy Irons voiced the character in the original movie, and some have been wondering if Jones’ involvement meant they would be seeking Irons to reprise his role.

Though Irons’ work as Scar was what I associated with pure evil in my childhood, Jackman is an extraordinary actor who would do a fine job in the role. He doesn’t have that vocal tone that allows for the deliciously menacing dialogue to roll off the tongue like Irons, but he does possess a theatricality that would mesh nicely with the character. Oddly enough, I could see Idris Elba also doing a terrific job in the role, if he hadn’t already nailed the role of Shere Khan in JUNGLE BOOK.  But hey, Jackman is awesome too.

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12:05PM on 07/17/2017
I like this idea...but if it's only a rumor and Jackman's pic at Disney with him saying "partners" is the only thing to go off of, who's to say he isn't playing Jafar in Aladdin instead of Scar in Lion King
I like this idea...but if it's only a rumor and Jackman's pic at Disney with him saying "partners" is the only thing to go off of, who's to say he isn't playing Jafar in Aladdin instead of Scar in Lion King
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8:05AM on 07/17/2017
Great choice for Scar.
Great choice for Scar.
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9:44PM on 07/15/2017
As others have said, Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a fine Scar, but Jackman is also a great choice. Favreau is really nailing it, with this movie's voice cast!
As others have said, Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a fine Scar, but Jackman is also a great choice. Favreau is really nailing it, with this movie's voice cast!
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10:27PM on 07/15/2017
I imagine John Leguizamo would be one of them.
I imagine John Leguizamo would be one of them.
12:28AM on 07/16/2017
Sorry. My reply was meant for moonrider.
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8:14PM on 07/15/2017
Now I wonder who will voice the hyenas. Charlie Day I guess would be a good fit for one of them.
Now I wonder who will voice the hyenas. Charlie Day I guess would be a good fit for one of them.
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12:27AM on 07/17/2017
Leguizamo would do good as one of the hyenas.
Leguizamo would do good as one of the hyenas.
7:38PM on 07/15/2017

Perfect

This is a terrific pick for Scar!
This is a terrific pick for Scar!
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7:15PM on 07/15/2017
Jackman will be plenty menacing.
Jackman will be plenty menacing.
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3:21PM on 07/15/2017
Benedict Cumberbatch was my top choice for Scar, but I think Hugh Jackman is a great choice too. I am sure heíll bring a lot of intimidation to the role with his voice.
Benedict Cumberbatch was my top choice for Scar, but I think Hugh Jackman is a great choice too. I am sure heíll bring a lot of intimidation to the role with his voice.
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3:21PM on 07/15/2017
Ray Donovan29 minutes ago
Benedict Cumberbatch was my top choice for Scar, but I think Hugh Jackman is a great choice too. I am sure heíll bring a lot of intimidation to the role with his voice.
Ray Donovan29 minutes ago
Benedict Cumberbatch was my top choice for Scar, but I think Hugh Jackman is a great choice too. I am sure heíll bring a lot of intimidation to the role with his voice.
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