SALT LAKE CITY — He doesn’t quite look like the Scar “Lion King” fans are familiar with, and according to Chiwetel Ejiofor, he won’t quite act like him either.
The Scar in Disney's upcoming reboot will be more diabolical.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ejiofor described his version of Scar as someone “psychologically possessed” and “brutalized,” more so than the cartoon Scar played by Jeremy Irons in the original film.
Ejiofor indicates that his version of the lion is more enraged and obsessive than the original, according to iO9,
“There’s something quite interesting in knowing that you’re always holding a lethal capacity,” Ejiofor said of Scar. “To always know that at the end of it you’re playing somebody who has the capacity to turn everything on its head in a split second with outrageous acts of violence … that can completely change the temperature of a scene.”
Ejiofor stars alongside Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Beyonce (Nala), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) in the film.
Ejiofor told EW about what the casting of predominantly black actors in the Lion King reboot means to him.
“The Lion King is a wonderful opportunity to bring in a cast of black actors to play these extraordinary iconic roles,” Ejiofor said. “Obviously I feel very connected to anything African because of my heritage and that’s why it’s a very special experience to me. It’s wonderful that both Jon Favreau and Disney have really pushed to engage with that kind of casting.”
“The Lion King” hits theaters July 19.