Disney Debuts a Teaser Trailer for Jon Favreau's 'The Lion King' Movie

November 22, 2018
Source: YouTube

The Lion King Trailer

"One day the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new King." Surprise, movie fans! Disney has decided to drop the first official teaser trailer on this Thanksgiving day for Jon Favreau's new "live-action" take on The Lion King, based on the beloved 1994 animated film. We say live-action, though it's better to describe this as a "photorealistic CGI remake", similar to what Favreau did with Disney's The Jungle Book a few years ago. This is only our first look at any footage, but of course Disney makes it look very good, showing us the famous opening scene. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi. As expected, this looks fantastic and will probably make a ton of movie because Favreau knows how to perfectly craft these fresh CGI Disney updates.

Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Jon Favreau's The Lion King, direct from Disney's YouTube:

The Lion King Poster

The Lion King Poster

A photorealistic CGI remake of Disney's 1994 animated film, about a lion cub named Simba who runs away into the Savannah after his evil uncle Scar kills his father and takes over the lion kingdom. On the photorealistic CGI elements, VFX supervisor Rob Legato explains: "I consider this just a movie, and this happened to be the best way to make it. We [made] it comfortable for Jon Favreau to come in and be able to direct as if it was a live-action film." Disney's The Lion King is directed by actor-producer-filmmaker Jon Favreau, director of the films Made, Elf, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Iron Man 1 & 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, and The Jungle Book previously. The screenplay is written by Jeff Nathanson, from a story by Brenda Chapman. Based on the original 1994 film written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, & Linda Woolverton. Featuring a new score by Hans Zimmer, and one new original song by Elton John and Tim Rice. Disney will release Favreau's The Lion King in theaters everywhere starting July 19th, 2019 next summer. Thoughts?

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Complete meh. Technically, it's a show stopper. Storytellingtically, why? I know it's about money, but people could put all this effort in creating new universes and developping new ideas...

tarek on Nov 23, 2018


Wholeheartedly agree. Same story with a live action look.

THE_RAW_ on Nov 24, 2018


Storytellingtically speaking, they're creatively bankrupt. All these live-action versions means maximum profit at minimum effort. And the suckers will eat it up.

grimjob on Nov 24, 2018


@tarek I HAVE BEEN PREACHING THIS GOSPEL BUT EVERYONE AROUND ME THINKS I`M INSANE LOOOOL I`m being dead serious. How can SO MANY people give zero fucks about [seemingly] essentially recreating that exact same story from 24 years ago????? & I LOVE the lion king, btw

Jorrell Mcdaniel on Nov 28, 2018


I don't know why but that cub has the facial features of Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Especially around the eyes. Perhaps its just me. Will not be seeing this was, happy with the 1994 version.

Sergio on Nov 23, 2018


lol Whatever happened to him?...I thought he had great potential...

kitano0 on Nov 23, 2018


A fresh take on a classic Disney, the kids will love it and so will the parents. Credit to Disney on a reboot of sorts

Lewis on Nov 23, 2018


A fresh copy paste. ;D

tarek on Nov 23, 2018


Still a sound move by Disney going by the current reception of live-action versions.

Lewis on Nov 24, 2018


Totally not impressed. Disney just can't leave a good story or a good movie or a good franchise alone. It's become a twisted perversion of the whole experience of watching a movie and remembering for years the effect it had.

Jezper on Nov 23, 2018


If this is half as good as Jungle Book, it will be worth seeing in the cinema...

kitano0 on Nov 23, 2018


I was never fan of the original either. Of course, not everybody should agree with that. But this one is only showing that Disney is on march, nothing else...

shiboleth on Nov 23, 2018


The Jungle Book made a billion dollars. The Lion King will as well. Two generations have come along that have not seen this.

Wayne on Nov 23, 2018


Well, it looks amazing. But "The Lion King" is my least favorite Disney tale and I don't understand the acclaim it constantly receives. I'd rather watch the Jungle Book or Condorman.

THE_RAW_ on Nov 24, 2018


James Earl Jones sounds just like James Earl Jones.

DAVIDPD on Nov 25, 2018


It's uncanny!

grimjob on Nov 26, 2018

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