Disney fans have been flocking to the new trailer for “The Lion King,” racking up over 220M views on YouTube in just one day. The first video released by the studio was shown on TV during an NFL game on Thanksgiving, and the video has already reached over 224M views globally in a 24-hour period. That makes the “The Lion King” Walt Disney Studios’ most watched trailer in a single day, beating any installment from both PIXAR and Star Wars, but falling short of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which had over 238M views in the same time period.
The new installment will be a live-action and CG hybrid adaptation of the original 1994 animated-feature that won over critics and fans alike. Jon Favreau directed the new “The Lion King,” which stars Beyonce as Nala; Keegan-Michael Key as the hyena Kamari; Donald Glover as Simba; and James Earl Jones once again taking on the role of Mufasa. Other roles include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar; and Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi. HBO’s John Oliver will be voicing the know-it-all bird Zazu, and John Kani will be the wise Rafiki. Florence Kasumba will be playing Shenzi, while Eric André will be playing Azizi.
Comedians Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will be voicing Timon and Pumbaa in the project. As for young Simba, that will be JD McCrary, while young Nala will be played by Shahadi Wright Joseph. Fans of the story can watch the teaser below.
Favreau also directed the Disney live-action/CGI film “The Jungle Book” back in 2016, which was a huge hit for the studio while being praised by groups like PETA for using CG over any live animals. That CG project made over $103M on opening weekend and went on to make over $364M domestically before making over $966M worldwide. The previous live-action adaptation was “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson and Luke Evans in 2017, that film made over $1.2B worldwide.
Disney is still working on “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “Mulan”. There have been rumors that Emma Stone will star in a live-action version of “Cruella,” focusing on the life of “101 Dalmations” star Cruella de Vil, but Disney has been quiet about that project. It wouldn’t be the first villain to get a story, Angelina Jolie brought “Maleficent” to theaters in 2014 and is reprising the role for the 2019 follow-up “Maleficent 2”.
“The Lion King” is set to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.