The first trailer for Jon Favreau‘s live-action remake of The Lion King aired yesterday (November 22), turning the original 1994 cartoon into glistening CGI.
The teaser doesn’t include any voices beyond that of James Earl Jones, who is reprising his role of Mufasa, the father of Simba and ruler of all they survey. He provides the clip’s voiceover, though by the look of the footage, we almost expected to hear the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough.
It does confirm the star-studded voice cast, however, which includes Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogan as the warthog Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as the meerkat Timon, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simba’s evil uncle Scar, John Oliver as the hornbill Zazu and actual Beyoncé as Nala.
And then there’s the Oscar-winning soundtrack by Sir Elton John. He’s come out of retirement to work with a dream team — Tim Rice, Hans Zimmer and Beyoncé — on new arrangements and songs, with “Circle of Life,” kicking in as Rafiki (Black Panther‘s John Kani) proudly displays baby Simba to the kingdom.
Needless to say, people had a lot to say about the teaser on social media.
Ok but baby Simba in The Lion King (2019) trailer is SO damn cute pic.twitter.com/7kfpXkoWq4
— femme fatale (@eliesaaab) November 23, 2018
me watching simba in the lion king trailer vs me thinking about mufasa’s death in hd that we are going to see next summer pic.twitter.com/ptGGbSuA2l
— daddy stank (@woIvern) November 22, 2018
While some clever clogs were quick to put the trailer alongside clips from the original movie:
— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) November 23, 2018
The Lion King is due to open in theaters July 19, 2019.
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