Disney drop first trailer for live-action 'Lion King' and it looks incredible
For many 90s kids, The Lion King is one of the best and most nostalgic movies ever made. Seriously, this movie has got it all -and it's maybe the best adaptation of Hamlet ever created. It's got a terrific cast: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Rowan Atkinson, Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg - and music by Elton John. Seriously, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to love this Disney classic or at least hum along to the tunes.
However, Disney has been remaking some of their old movies and revamping them for the new generation. So far they've covered Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella. However, the news that they'd be remaking The Lion King as well also worried a lot of Disney fans, who were concerned that their sacred franchise might be tarnished. Indeed, there's a lot of expectation riding on this film to tick all the right boxes - but is it up to the task? The official trailer has just dropped, and judging by the footage shown, it looks like this property is in safe hands.
The new movie has an all-star cast of its own, and will star Childish Gambino himself Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, an unhinged hysterical hyena who laughs a lot and is part of Scar's henchmen, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric Andre as Azizi, and James Earl Jones as will return to voice Mufasa yet again.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau is set to helm the movie. Commenting on the remake in a recent interview, Favreau stated: "With Lion King, there you have such a strong original film ... And you have a lot of people with very deep memories and connections to those properties so you want to make sure that, even though the story is very strong, you want to make sure it translates well to yet another medium and doesn’t feel like it’s duplicating or trying to outdo what was done in another medium."
He added: "How do you include the music and the look and the characters and the story points? And can you do it convincingly so that it feels like you’re actually observing real animals in nature while still preserving the characters and the tone and the personality aspects of the film and what tonal things have to change."
A number of fans have already taken to social media to express their excitement over the trailer. One person commented: "No matter how many times the Lion King movie is made. I will watch every single one of them," while another added: " Oh my gosh the goosebumps i got when the song kicked in, i even teared up a little [sic]"
Let's just hope the movie stays as faithful as possible, otherwise a lot of people's childhoods are going to be ruined.