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Siddharth to lend his voice for Simba in Tamil version of The Lion King

Disney India has announced that South Star Siddharth will give Simba’s character his voice in the upcoming Tamil version of “The Lion King.” The much-awaited film is a 1994 original live-action remake. The actor said voicing the beloved character was an “unforgettable experience” for him.

“I can never forget the first time I saw’ The Lion King’ on the screen as well as on the stage. I had an equally unforgettable experience of speaking and singing in Tamil as Simba in the spectacular new version of this timeless classic. I can’t wait to see my new avatar in the cinema with my audience,” Siddharth said in a statement. The actor also shared the news on Twitter, where he said he was a big fan of Donald Glover who worked for the English version of the film.

The studio had previously roped Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan in the superstar to voice King Mufasa and his son Simba in the Hindi version of the film, respectively. Helmed by Jon Favreau, director of “Iron Man” and “The Jungle Book,” Disney’s “The Lion King” is scheduled to be released in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on July 19.