'The Interview" star Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been roped in to voice Timon and Pumba respectively in Disney's upcoming live-action movie, "The Lion King." The makers of the film had previously tapped Donald Grover to voice Simba, while Beyonce will give the voice to Nala.

This flick is being directed by Jon Favreau while Jeff Nathanson has written the script. The production works of the film are progressing steadily, and the studio has planned for a release on July 19, 2019.

This is not the first time that Rogen is doing voice acting in movies. He has previously done voice roles in films like "Kung Fu Panda," "Sausage Party" and "Monsters VS Aliens."

On the other hand, Billy Eichner became a household figure among United States audiences following the success of his television show, "Billy on the Street." He is also starring in the Hulu series, "Difficult People."

Timon and Pumbaa, the trusted lieutenants of Simba

In the original "Lion King," Timon and Pumba, the adorable meerkat and warthog enters the scene at a very crucial time.

They provide help, aid, and assistance to Simba after he flees from his kingdom. With the help of Timon and Pumba, the 'Lion King' regains his lost power, and finally attains his glory.

In the original movie, the voices of Timon and Pumba were given by Ernie Sabella and Nathan Lane respectively.

Will the new 'Lion King' reprise the magic of its original?

The original 'Lion King' released in 1994 is still considered to be one of the top-rated animated flicks of all times. Upon its release, the film grossed $970 million and is still one of the highest grossing animated films in the history. As Disney now embraces live-action technology, trade experts predict an ultimate money spinning spree in theaters.

The recent success of "Alice in Wonderland," "Maleficent," and "Cinderella" has given Disney that extra morale to invest more on live-action films. All these three films have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and the producers expect the same to happen in the case of the new "Lion King" too.

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As Disney is roping in more A-list stars for the new "Lion King," expectations surrounding this flick are increasing steadily, and this pre-release hype will surely reflect in the box-office collection once the movie gets released.

The production house is also ramping up the final works of "Dumbo," directed by Tim Burton. The movie will have its release on March 19, 2017.