Before Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo Got To Voice The Iconic 'Lion King' Villain, Scar

About a year ago, it was announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor will voice Scar in the live-action remake of The Lion King, and we've been hyped ever since. Well, it turns out Ejiofor won't be the first British-Nigerian actor voicing the iconic villain, as David Oyelowo beat him to it.

In 2017, Oyelowo, the gifted actor known for his fantastic performances in acclaimed dramas like Selma and Queen of Katwe, was cast as the voice of Scar in the sophomore season of Disney Junior's animated kids series, The Lion Guard

(Photo: Disney Junior/Phil McCarten)

The Lion Guard follows Kion and his friends in their adventures in the Pride Lands. The son of Simba, Kion has been made the leader of the lion guard. The job comes with great responsibility, as he's responsible for protecting the Pride Lands from both inner and outer threats. 

Speaking about working on the film and voicing the character, Oyelowo said:

"The Lion King is, of course, a classic, so in terms of me wanting to be involved with The Lion Guard, it was kind of a no-brainer.

With Scar, he passed away in the film, but we found a way to bring him back. He is still a malevolent, menacing character who is still trying to break the circle of life.

To not only be in The Lion Guard, but to get to sing in it as well is really quite special."

Oyelowo is no stranger to voice-over work. He not only made history as the first black James Bond — courtesy of his audiobook work — but he regularly performs the role of Agent Kallus in Star Wars: Rebels, and has hit the recording booth for Robot Chicken and Glenn Martin DDS.

Here's a look at David Oyelowo as Scar:

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