If you’re a fan of Disney’s 1994 animated classic “The Lion King,” you might be excited to see this retooled teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the film.
The new trailer debuted during the 2019 Oscar ceremony and included a mention of its July 19 release date. “It is time!” proclaims a voice in the middle of the minute-long teaser.
The CGI effects on a savannah’s worth of animals look impressive. You’d almost think that “achoo”-ing baby Simba is real if lion cubs actually gave human-like sneezes.
The movie will feature the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Also on the cast roster are “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver as Zazu, a red-billed hornbill right-hand bird; Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother, Sarabi; “Black Panther” king John Kani as Rafiki; and Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre and Florence Kasumba as the three hyenas.
Jon Favreau, who directed the live-action remake of “The Jungle Book,” helms this movie as well. The new film will be a musical, like the original 1994 animated movie.
“Bring a handkerchief. It’s so emotional,” Walt Disney Studios chair Alan Horn told The Hollywood Reporter on Feb. 21 of the upcoming movie. “All I can say for sure is you cannot tell these animals aren’t real.”
Even the initial artwork is realistic and emotional, as seen in this post from the “Lion King” Instagram account:
If you can’t wait until July 19 for your next Disney fix, don’t worry — the studio has plenty more live-action remakes on the horizon. The studio will release classic animated movies “Dumbo” on March 29 and “Aladdin” on May 24. These follow previous remakes of “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Christopher Robin” and the aforementioned “The Jungle Book.”
Are you excited to see how Disney’s new version of “The Lion King”?