Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s The Lion King remains one of Disney’s biggest cash cows. (Adjusted for ticket price inflation, the film is the 19th highest domestic grosser of all time, behind only two other Disney productions, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 101 Dalmatians, and just ahead of Fantasia.) Now Jon Favreau’s The Lion King is just around the riverbend, and the trailer for the photorealistic remake of the original 1994 film is hellbent on proving that you can indeed step in the same river twice. (See what I just did there?) While the look of the remake is miles away from that of the original, and you will never mistake Chiwetel Ejiofor’s voice for that of Jeremy Irons’s, the trailer certainly goes to great lengths to court the audience’s nostalgia for the original, with its tail-end more or less a steady procession of recreations of shots from the animated classic.
Favreau’s The Lion King stars Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, and James Earl Jones, reprising his role as Mufasa.
See the first trailer for The Lion King below:
Disney will release The Lion King on July 19.
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