The Lion King Teaser Has Dropped, What Can We Expect?

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On Friday, November 23rd, Disney decided to release the new trailer for the live-action Lion King remake. The movie was confirmed to be one of the many live action remakes Disney has in store for it’s fans alongside Mulan, Aladdin, and Dumbo, which’s trailer was also released around the same time as the Lion King‘s.

Fans have already made quick work on predicting (and confirming!) what’s to come in this remake. If it’s anything like the Beauty & Beast or The Jungle Book live-action movies, we can expect a remastered retelling of the story with enough differences to make it an all new movie worth watching, but what will those differences be?

Who’s in it?

One of the biggest differences from the original will be the cast. The only returning member will be James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the original and reprises his role in the remake. Simba’s adult voice has been replaced by Donald Glover, A.K.A Childish Gambino, and his younger voice will be played by JD McCrary, which will the small actor’s first groundbreaking role. Nala will be played by none other than Beyoncé Knowles and her younger counterpart by Shahadi Wright Joseph, who played Young Nala in the Broadway adaptation of the movie. Scar will be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rafiki by John Kani. To see the full cast, which includes other big names such as Seth Rogen and even Eric André, see IMDb for more info.

What’s gonna be different?

Obviously the BIGGEST change to the remake is the animation. The film will be completely rendered in CGI upon mostly real backdrops of Africa like its predecessor The Jungle Book did with the jungle. The film will be directed by Jon Favreau, who directed The Jungle Book remake, who describes the movie as a “re-imagining of the original film.” Favreau’s The Jungle Book remake actually derives it’s story from the original Jungle Book novel as opposed to the 1967 Disney classic. While The Lion King draws it story from snippets of Hamlet, fans have speculated the movie might not be as radically different as Favreau’s The Jungle Book, but distinct enough to stand on it’s own as a new Disney movie while paying it’s tribute to the original. Fans have been quick to point out that the teaser trailer was a shot-for-shot remake of the 1994’s opening scene. Producers of the film have already announced some of the differences in the film, some small and some large. One of the smaller ones being that the hyena trio in the original, Shenzi, Ed, and Banzai will have their names changed except for Shenzi. A whole new character, voiced by Amy Sedaris, will be introduced! While their role is not known, what fans have found out is that it will be a elephant shrew and part of the supporting ensemble.

But will it be good?

That’s the question on EVERYONE’S mind: “Will the remake be a flop or a success?” From what fans have seen from the trailer, it just might be the best Disney movie of 2019. It’ll release alongside Disney’s remakes of Aladdin, Dumbo, sequels to it’s franchises The Avengers, Star Wars, and Toy Story, so the bar is set immensely high for The Lion King. However, with it’s teaser alone, it’s broken records for becoming the second most viewed trailer in 24 hours and estimated to gross nearly $2 billion dollars upon it’s release, placing it with top 5 contenders for the highest grossing movies of all time such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Infinity War; Not to mention it’s star cast and director. It’s confirmed to remain a musical and follow the same story, albeit with a few differences and maybe a twist or two! Fans have wondered if the movie will be catering to the nostalgia a little too hard and just be a graphically updated rehash of the original film; Other fans argue that the remake will be independent enough to be worth watching like The Jungle Book. One thing’s for certain: Every kid, teenager, AND adult are going to be crying again at Mufasa’s death in theaters next year.

The Lion King releases July 19, 2019 worldwide.

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