Disney fans are wondering who plays Scar in The Lion King 2019.

“…You’ve made me lose my lunch;” admit it,  you read that in his voice didn’t you. 

Disney’s The Lion King is arguably one of the most beloved family films of all time and has been delighting audiences since it released back in 1994. For many nineties kids, it was a deeply affecting yet palatable introduction to themes of grief and loss. Sure, it’s colourful and animated, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important in what it depicts. 

For decades, fans have revisited the film, its songs and celebrated it incessantly, considering it a rare perfect film. However, that hasn’t stopped Disney reimagining it. In recent memory, the studio has revised such classics as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Aladdin, all of which appeal to new audiences but also try to cater to the nostalgia of those who adore the originals. 

Of all Disney’s attempts to recapture that magic, The Lion King has been approached with the most anticipation. The visuals have been a huge draw, but for most, it’s the cast which makes this remake essential viewing.  

Who plays Scar in The Lion King 2019?

The cast of this 2019 blockbuster is terrific, which brings us to the introductory quote. The 1994 original featured some iconic vocal performances, and of them all, Jeremy Irons’ turn as the evil Scar is probably the most iconic. 

He did such a fantastic job; Irons’ delivery is what makes the character one of Disney’s most memorable villains. There was always going to be sceptics doubting his replacement in the 2019 version, but they’ve really rolled with a surprising choice.  

It was always destined to be a darker vision. Without the animation, there’s a greater sense of danger and, dare we say reality, despite the fact we’re essentially following anthropomorphic animals. The vocal performances had to reflect the jump to photo-realistic CGI, so that the characters’ voices wouldn’t feel jarring in relation to their surroundings. So, with Scar, we expect something more understated, and the voice had to match. Fortunately, Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast. 


The career of Chiwetel Ejiofor

Irons delivered a very theatrical performance, but in the 2019 version, they’ve gone with a more intimidating and menacing choice. Straying from the former’s more flamboyant approach, Ejiofor provides a much more threatening tone. 

With these Disney remakes, the biggest criticism they draw is that they’re retreads of films which are already widely-acknowledged as great. So, it’s their deviations from the originals which make them more interesting. In this sense, Ejiofor’s treatment of the character is one of the bolder and more noticeable alterations of 2019’s The Lion King. He’s far more restrained in his treatment of Scar, which allows us to view him in a new way, rather than encouraging us to simply measure him up with Irons. 

He did a standout job, and that’s because he’s an undeniably talented actor. Ejiofor was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for 12 Years a Slave and has also starred in the likes of Serenity, Dirty Pretty Things, 2012, Doctor Strange, American Gangster and more. 

After Disney

Audiences and critics are most impressed with his work in The Lion King, so it’s a pleasure – but no surprise – to see that Ejiofor has some other movies lined up. 

He’s due to star in Michael Almereyda’s new drama Tonight at Noon, as well as teaming up with Disney again for the highly anticipated sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Yet, that’s not all, as he is additionally set to appear in The Old Guard, which is billed as an action-fantasy starring the likes of Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Chiwetel Ejiofor fans have a lot to look forward to!

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