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The teaser for Jon Favreau's Lion King remake becomes most-viewed Disney trailer in a 24-hour period

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Nov 24, 2018

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. 

Director Jon Favreau's CGI remake of Disney's The Lion King won't open for another seven and a half months, but it's already starting to break records. According to a tweet from the House of Mouse's official Twitter account, the first teaser for the film (released online Thursday evening) is now the highest-viewed Disney trailer in the span of 24 hours.

"To the entire pride," reads the message, "Thank you for helping the teaser trailer for #TheLionKing become the most-viewed Disney trailer debut ever as it reached a record-breaking 224.6 million global views in 24 hours!"

It seems that the studio is not counting Marvel properties as clear-cut Disney movies, as the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War racked up 230 million views in the first 24 hours of its debut last November.

Even so, it is IPs owned by the company that dominate the Top 10 list of the most trailer views within a day of dropping. After Infinity War and The Lion King, the top-placed films on the list are Beauty and the Beast (live action), Thor: RagnarokStar Wars: The Last Jedi, Incredibles 2Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the 11th spot is Captain Marvel.

Written by Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), the remake will, like the original, be set on the sprawling plains of Africa, where a young lion, Simba (Donald Glover), comes of age after the death of his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Along for the wild ride (emphasis on "wild") are Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Beyoncé (Nala), John Kani (Rafiki), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari), Eric Andre (Azizi), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), John Oliver (Zazu), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and Billy Eichner (Timon).

The 1994 animated version was loosely based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Thanks to an A-list voice cast, an emotionally resonant story, and a rousing original soundtrack by Elton John and Hans Zimmer, the movie racked up critical acclaim and nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It's considered one of the best (if not the best) offerings from the Disney Renaissance period.

The Lion King stampedes into theaters on July 19, 2019.


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