The actor is reportedly in talks to take on the iconic role and, if there’s anyone who can take on the villain, it’s Ejiofor.
So far, the upcoming live-action The Lion King remake is shaping up to be a must-see.
First, listen to this man’s voice as he hilariously reads airplane safety instructions. We’d let him safely guide us all the way off that plane.
That voice is meant for Scar: persuasive, smooth, and entrancing. Just right for a sneaky villain (we love you, Chiwetel, we know you’re not shady).
Chiwetel has also played somewhat of a villain before, in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, starring as Baron Mordo. And, was the sadistic Victor Sweet in the Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese-led Four Brothers.
And, while CGI requires an actor to bring a certain level of physicality to their work, we know Chiwetel could do it. Seriously, the man has incredible presence and the physicality he brings to his characters — watch Kinky Boots! — is wonderful.
Seriously, just give Chiwetel the role already, there’s no one better suited for it.