The first trailer for the ‘live-action’ Lion King remake has been released online by Disney. The movie will be directed by Jon Favreau who has worked with Disney before within the Marvel cinematic universe, especially the Iron Man series. Favreau will also be writing and producing the new Disney+ Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian’ starring Pedro Pascal.
The star-studded voice cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, JD McCrary as young Simba, Beyonce Knowles as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogan as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Eric Andre as Azizi , Florence Kasumba as Shenzi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.
“From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.”
The movie follows a new Disney trend of remaking older animated fan-favourites into live action (or CGI-heavy) movies. The first trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie starring Will Smith was released a short while ago.
The Lion King releases in theatres, July 19th 2019.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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