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David Oyelowo to voice villain Scar in 'The Lion Guard'

By Karen Butler
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David Oyelowo to voice villain Scar in 'The Lion Guard'
David Oyelowo appears backstage during the 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 26. The British actor has joined the voice cast of the animated series "The Lion Guard." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

June 23 (UPI) -- British actor David Oyelowo is lending his voice to Scar, the villainous younger brother of Mufasa in Disney Junior's The Lion Guard.

Season 2 of the animated, The Lion King sequel series is to premiere July 7. Scar will first be seen on the show in an extended episode titled The Rise of Scar July 29.

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"Scar will appear in the flames of a volcano after Simba and Nala's young son, Kion, unwittingly summons him by using the Roar of the Elders in anger," said a press release from Disney Junior.

Scar -- who was voiced by Jeremy Irons in The Lion King -- died at the end of the 1994 film.

Rob Lowe plays Simba, Gabrielle Union plays Nala, Max Charles plays Kion, Khary Payton plays Rafiki, Kevin Schon plays Chungu and Timon, Gary Anthony Williams plays Mufasa and Ernie Sabella plays Pumbaa on the TV show, which also has a recurring guest voice cast that includes Blair Underwood as Makuu, Christian Slater as Ushari, Ana Gasteyer as Reirei and Maia Mitchell as Jasiri.

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Among the additional guest stars for Season 2 will be Renée Elise Goldsberry, Common, Kristofer Hivju, A.J. Mclean, Carla Hall, Christopher Jackson, CCH Pounder, Rico Rodriguez and Raini Rodriguez.

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