Disney has released a new TV spot and eleven character posters for their upcoming The Lion King remake. The studio's live-action adaptation of Aladdin hit theaters over the holiday weekend and ended up exceeding expectations at the global box office, despite the fact that some Disney fans were initially pretty upset over the way Will Smith looked as the Genie. Thankfully for the studio, the outrage has faded into distant background noise and they're hoping the same thing happens for The Lion King.
The Lion King is already on track to have the biggest opening weekend out of all of the Disney live-action remakes. At this time, the movie is estimated to bring in between $180 million and $230 million, so things are definitely looking up at the moment. To capitalize on these early predictions, along with the official 50-day countdown to the release date, Disney has released a new TV spot and character posters for Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Sarabi, Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Rafiki, and the child versions of Simba and Nala.
Staying true to the classic Lion King story, director Jon Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring these iconic Disney characters to the big screen in a whole new way. Featuring the voices of 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's next remake hits theaters on July 19th, 2019.
Disney's The Lion King remake 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.
In addition to Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones, The Lion King also features the voices of John Kani, Alfre Woodard John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph. Despite how realistic the CGI looks in the promotional material, no real-life animals were used during the production. While the movie was shot like a normal live-action movie, there are no real performances.
Jon Favreau says it was his goal to make The Lion King look like a real BBC nature documentary as opposed to a straight animated remake. When looked at in this light, it certainly makes sense. There was an uproar over the whole "live-action vs. animation" debate when the first trailer arrived, but that seems to have settled down for the time being. Instead, it looks like Disney fans are excited to see what Favreau pulled off this time around. You can check out the character posters and latest TV spot below, thanks to the Walt Disney Studios YouTube channel.