The 41-year-old actor admits it feels "amazing" to be part of the upcoming Disney remake in which he voices villainous lion Scar and it features an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce voicing Nala, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa and John Oliver as Zazu.
Chiwetel is aware of just how much people love the original 1994 animation but is sure film fans will also love this new version, which is being directed by Jon Favreau.
Speaking on UK TV show 'Lorraine', he said: "It's amazing to be part of 'The Lion King'. So exciting. It was an incredible part of my childhood and for my generation still is a big deal and will be for a whole new generation, it's a new way of telling these stories. I'm quietly confident it's going to be special."
The '12 Years a Slave' actor has also been cast in another Disney film, 'Maleficent II', in which he will reunite with his 'Salt' co-star Angelina Jolie, who is reprising her role as the titular dark fairy from the 2014 'Sleeping Beauty' re-imagination.