Disney's Aladdin remake starring Will Smith has cast a spell over the box office ($285 million and counting), and we're now anticipating the next live-action reboot in their canon.
Arriving on 19th July is The Lion King, director Jon Favreau's reworking of the studio's 1994 masterpiece. Clad in the photorealistic CGI that made Favreau's earlier remake of The Jungle Book such a success, the movie boasts a formidable voice cast.
As before, the story revolves around young lion cub Simba, who is destined to inherit the kingdom of Pride Rock from his father Mufasa. However, his scheming uncle Scar is determined to claim the throne for himself, and will stop at nothing to achieve his aims.
You surely don't need to be re-acquainted with the plot – The Lion King was the Titanic of its day, amassing more than $968 million at the global box office (including the initial release and later 3D re-runs), which makes it the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film of all time. The movie also won two Oscars: for Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer) and Best Original Song for 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' (Elton John and Tim Rice).
Zimmer, John and Rice are all reuniting for the remake, which is guaranteed to enhance the sense of nostalgia. Speaking of which, here are some arresting new character posters that tease the movie's star-studded ensemble, including the likes of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.
If that's hit you right in the nineties nostalgia button, then prepare for the release of The Lion King on 19th July. Do you think the movie will be the pride of Disney's live-action crop? Let us know @Cineworld.