I would be lying if I said that my 10-year-old self isn’t screaming right now.
First released in 1994, it can be argued that Disney animation The Lion King is one of the greatest and most celebrated films of the ’90s. 25 years later and the story of Simba will be retold in a new light, adding to a list of Disney remakes set to hit cinemas in the next 12 months. Following the live-action remake of Aladdin set to drop into cinemas on May 24, the film giant released an official trailer to the modern rendition overnight.
A more realistic look at the original animation, we will reiterate that its not live-action rather than a photo-realistic CGI recreation – and we’re all about it. Featuring an all-star cast including James Earl Jones reprising his 1994 role of Mufasa, Donald Glover leading Simba, Beyoncé as Nala and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, the new trailer is already proving to be as enchanting as we could have hoped. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 2019 rendition will not be a shot-by-shot recreation with some aspects set to be “new”.
“The Lion King is a revered and beloved movie, so you’d better revere and love those parts that the audience wants. But there are things in the movie that are going to be new,” said Production Chief, Sean Bailey.
Thought its considered somewhat risky to recreate an old-school icon, a first look from the official trailer proves it to be a box-office hit for OG fans. In the newly-released trailer, we’re given a rounded look at the key characters and moments from the original film, igniting our sense of nostalgia.
Slated to drop from July 19, check out the trailer below.