Disney has finally revealed the first trailer from the much-anticipated live-action remake of The Lion King and already we know it’s going to be pretty amazing.
The trailer shows one of the most iconic scenes of the original 1994 classic where Rafiki (John Kani) introduces the future king Simba (Donald Glover) to the entire animal kingdom, with his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his role from the original) sharing some wise words his son.
“Everything the light touches is our kingdom. But a king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun.”
“One day, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.”
Fans took to social media to share the excitement – and trepidation for the new film. Some were sad at the prospect of losing Mufasa all over again, whilst others were besotted with the new baby Simba.
The new live-action film will see Director Jon Favreau at the helm having already produced and directed the 2016 live-action remake of The Jungle Book, as well as directing and appearing in Iron Man 1 & 2. It features an all star cast with Donald Glover/ Childish Gambino as the young would-be king Simba, and Beyonce Knowles-Carter as his childhood friend Nala.
Chiwetel Ejiofor will appear as the evil usurper Scar, and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, whilst JD McCrary will voice the Young Simba. Simba’s loyal friends Timon and Pumbaa will be portrayed by Bill Eichner and Seth Rogen, whilst Late Night TV host John Oliver will play Mufasa’s loyal adviser Zazu.
As well as James Earl Jones, Elton John is returning to work on some new music for the project with his original collaborator Tim Rice. “The need to have a new end credits song,” said John. “There’s going to be four of our songs in the film from the original: Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Circle of Life.”
“And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyonce’s people and hopefully Time and I and her can cook something up.”
With the new trailer came an official release date, set to come out next year on July 19th. Make sure to follow the film below to get reminded as soon as hit theatres near you.