The stars of The Lion King have revealed why they weren’t daunted by the prospect of remaking the Disney classic.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy at the European premiere of the film on Sunday (July 14), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) revealed that being under the guidance of director Jon Favreau made the prospect of rebooting the iconic movie less daunting.

“I didn’t [have any worries]. Jon Favreau did that work for me,” Keegan-Michael Key told us.

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“With the hyenas we broke it down and he just said, ‘We’re gonna have you guys do your own thing, we’re not going to try to emulate what was done 25 years ago, let’s just do our thing. I’m reimagining this part of the film’.

“And that was really helpful.”

Seth Rogen added: “Honestly, when I knew Billy was who I was doing it with, I was pretty confident we would be able to create something new and funny together because I had a feeling we would be good together.

“We’re both fans of each other and have known each other a long time, so it was exciting.”

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“[I was daunted] at the beginning,” Billy Eichner admitted. “But with Jon’s guidance and Seth and I working together, we eventually found our own path.

“It was daunting at the beginning but then we just had fun we improvised a lot and a lot of the improv ended up in the movie which is cool and yeah, I’m pretty excited about it.”

In fact, we thought Timon and Pumbaa were one of the best parts about the movie, and you can find out the rest of our thoughts on the film right here.

The Lion King is out on July 19.


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