Disney’s “The Lion King” adaptation now has a full-length trailer, featuring almost all of the lovable characters from the first animated installment. Jon Favreau directed the film, which follows Simba on his journey to be king.
The official launch date for “The Lion King” is July 19, 2019, and the film is a live-action and CG hybrid adaptation of the original 1994 animated-feature. The cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
Disney described the story adding “Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival.” The studio continued, “Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.”
The original “The Lion King” opened in 1994 and made $968.4M for the studio while in theaters. Roger Aillers and Rob Minkoff directed the original for the studio, which was produced by Don Hahn.
This is Favreau’s second live-action adaptation for Disney. Favreau directed “The Jungle Book” in 2016, which featured the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Bill Murray. That film made $103M on opening weekend before grossing over $966M worldwide.
Disney’s “The Lion King” will hit theaters on July 19th, and the film doesn’t have any competition on opening weekend. Chadwick Boseman’s crime-thriller “21 Bridges” is opening the weekend before “The Lion King” hits theaters, the same weekend that Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani’s “Stuber,” and the horor-thriller “Crawl” open nationwide.
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