The Lion King trailer has finally dropped and it was worth the wait. Not only do we get to see most of the major characters in live-action glory, we get to see the beloved duo – Timon and Pumbaa.
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The live-action remake of Disney’s classic The Lion King is being directed by The Jungle Book director, Jon Favreau. Based on the footage seen in the first The Lion King trailer, Jon Favreau is again making a live-action masterpiece of a classic Disney tale.
In The Lion King trailer, we see Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) take young Simba (voiced by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino) and Nala (voiced by Beyoncé) down to the graveyards, just like he did in the original 1994 Disney animated movie. Then we’re given a short version of Mufasa’s (reprised by James Earl Jones) iconic circle of life speech he gives young Simba, before that horrible stampede – which we also see briefly in the trailer.
Rafiki was given a few seconds of screen time in the new trailer, too.
But the best moment comes at the end of The Lion King trailer when we’re treated to a few notes of Hakuna Matata, with Pumbaa prancing through the jungle and Timon on his back, just like in the original. One of the other cool moments recreated from the original is when Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba walk in a line through the jungle, singing Hakuna Matta, seemingly not having a care in the world.
This live-action remake of The Lion King, like The Jungle Book, was created using CGI, with no real animals used, showing how technology can spare animals in the entertainment industry.
The Lion King releases in cinemas on 18 July 2018.