“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.”
If that opening line did not send chills down, your spine, then the first look at Disney’s upcoming live action remake of “The Lion King” may do the trick. On Thursday (Nov. 22), the House of Mouse unleashed the first trailer for their upcoming Jon Favreau-directed film.
Making its debut during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins football game, the minute-and-a-half teaser introduces the viewer to several important characters from the film including Simba, Rafiki, and of course Mufasa.
The newly released clip is a shot-by-shot recreation of the animated film’s 1994 trailer and even includes the movie’s iconic Elton John and Tim Rice-penned song, “The Circle of Life.”
If watching all the animals from the Pride Lands gather to witness lion cub Simba’s debut wasn’t enough to get you to say “aw,” wait until Mufasa’s spirit returns to adult lion Simba, urging him to “remember.”
Missing from the clip is the film’s protagonist and worst uncle ever, Scar, but we’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot of him as more trailers make their way online.
Watch the trailer for the live action remake of “The Lion King” above.
Disney’s “The Lion King” will star Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, John Oliver as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, and Eric Andre and Keegan-Michael Key as the hyenas. Beyoncé, Elton John, and Hans Zimmer will reportedly contribute to the film’s soundtrack.
“The Lion King” will roar its way to theaters on July 19, 2019.
“The Lion King” live action remake comes on the heels of Disney’s other successful live action remakes including “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and the yet-to-be-released “Aladdin” remake which will hit theaters in May of 2019.