The rumor was denied when TheWrap approached Jackman's representatives, who confirmed the falsified information. His team member claimed there was "absolutely no truth" to the rumor and fans instantly became deflated. Animals such as zebras, elephants, and rhinos were seen rushing to Pride Rock, where Rafiki was seen with Nala, Mufasa, and Simba. This looks like another Disney blockbuster after huge successes of Jungle Book and The Beauty and the Beast. However, that is highly unlikely.More news: IBM unveils powerful new encryption mainframe
He can get that grizzled voice down pat and is distinct enough from Jeremy Irons' original - so it all makes sense. Not only that, Jackman is an accomplished singer and has a soft spot for musicals - so signing on to The Lion King, which will no doubt feature some of the music from the original, seems right up his alley. Thanks to the story of Lion King, this means he winds up spending a good deal of time with the big bad, Scar, and Jackman is now set to take on the role. Variety expressed the singer was Favreau's top choice for the character, but so far there have been no official announcements. The 1992 flick is also getting it's own live-action remake and Will Smith has been cast as the Genie. With his career defining role now behind him, he is looking to beef up his schedule - that currently includes The Greatest Showman hitting theaters later this year. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie and now has no release date.