And the king is back! Disney is set to bring back the beloved 1994 animated classic, The Lion King through a CGI-makeover.
Helmed by Jon Favreau, (who also directed the live-action and CG version of Disney’s The Jungle Book) The Lion King will hit the big screens on 19 July 2019, which marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original film.
Made with photorealistic computer-animated technology, a teaser-trailer of The Lion King was released earlier today, which is sure to refresh one’s childhood memory. The teaser opens with Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) telling Simba that his time as king will be over one day and Simba will have take over Pride Rock.
The scene then shifts to Rafiki, the baboon, presenting Simba as Mufasa’s heir infront of the animals assembling at the foot of Pride Rock. The Circle Of Life plays in the backdrop, which will give you goosebumps.
The Lion King tells the story of Simba, who returns to Pride Rock after several years to reclaim his throne and take command of his tribe from his treacherous uncle Scar. Scar manipulated him as a cub to believe that he was responsible for his father Mufasa’s death. In reality, Scar betrayed Mufasa and left him to die in a jungle stampede.
The noted voice cast of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King include Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Kani as Rafiki, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala.
Summer 2019, come soon!