Disney has revealed a brand new trailer for The Lion King, which looks to be very similar to the original animated film alongside some cosmetic changes to characters such as the main villain Scar, who has finally been revealed.
I’m very worried that Disney is just cutting and pasting with these adaptations and they’re not really bringing anything new to the “live-action” versions. I’ll give Disney and director Jon Favreau the benefit of the doubt but as someone who grew up when all these movies were released in theaters, I’m not seeing enough differences to their original animated counterparts. Aladdin also seems to be another carbon copy like Beauty and The Beast was.
Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. 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. 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 all-star 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.
The Lion King is set to be released by Disney on July 19th.