Disney releases Lion King trailer

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 November 2018
Lion King

Lion King

The first trailer of Disney's live-action 'Lion King' remake has been released

Disney has released the first trailer for its live-action 'Lion King' remake.

The teaser of the Jon Favreau-directed movie has been posted on Disney's official Twitter page and has already attracted more than 18 million views.

The visually spectacular trailer opens with a rising sun and follows various animals rushing across sun-scorched ground to greet Simba.

The eagerly awaited film – which is a remake of the 1994 hit – boasts a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Donald Glover as a young Simba, as well as Beyonce as Nala and James Earl Jones.

Elsewhere, British comedian John Oliver will provide the voice of Zazu – who serves as Mufasa's loyal chief steward – in the live-action remake.

As well as keeping Sir Elton John and Tim Rice's original songs in the upcoming film – which include 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight', 'Be Prepared' and 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King' – the remake will also feature some new tunes.

'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' actually won the Best Original Song accolade at the Academy Awards.

Disney has released a string of remakes as of late, including 'Cinderella' and 'Beauty and the Beast', and the live-action 'The Lion King' is already one of the company's most eagerly anticipated projects in recent years.

The Lion King

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones
  • UK release: 19 July 2019

The photorealistic version of the beloved Disney story has memorable visuals, impressive set-pieces and adorable yet credible animals, but precisely because they’re so realistic, it’s weird when they speak and even stranger when they sing. All the star voices in the world don’t count when you can’t simulate heart and soul.

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