Lion King live-action

Disney releases first majestic trailer for Jon Favreau's photorealistic Lion King

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Nov 22, 2018

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for director Jon Favreau's CGI Lion King remake, and it is more majestic than you could ever imagine.

Donald Glover stars as the grown Lion prince, Simba, who, as a young cub (played by JD McCrary), must run away from home after the tragic death of his father, King Mufasa (James Earl Jones returns to the role, obviously) at the hands of his uncle, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor). While away, Simba is raised by a carefree, insect-loving warthog (Pumbaa, Seth Rogen) and meerkat (Timon, Billy Eichner).

Recreating the iconic opening from the 1994 animated original—including the "Circle of Life" sung by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M—the trailer is narrated by Mufasa, who states that Simba will become king once he's gone. Having directed the 2016 reimagining of The Jungle Book, Favreau seems well at home with the groundbreaking motion capture techology that served him so well last time.

Watch the teaser below and try to hold back your sweet tears of pure nostalgia:

The all-star voice cast also includes Beyoncé (Epic) as Nala, John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) as Zazu, John Kani (Black Panther) as Rafiki, Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) as Sarabi, Eric Andre (Disenchantment) as Azizi, Keegan-Michael Key (Toy Story 4) as Kamari, and Florence Kasumba (Black Panther) as Shenzi.

Check out the first poster below, too:

Written by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), The Lion King roars into theaters July 19, 2019.


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