A whole host of Disney classics are getting the live-action treatment over the next few years, chief among which is their 1994 masterpiece The Lion King.
Before you throw your hands up in annoyance we should point out the movie has a steady pair of hands at the helm: director Jon Favreau who transformed the 2016 reboot of The Jungle Book into a thing of pure wonder.
"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life," Favreau said in a statement.
And then there's the cast. We already know that future Lando Calrissian Donald Glover is voicing adult Simba with James Earl Jones returning as his father, Mufasa. Now a new screenshot has confirmed a remarkable line-up of additional A-list talent, which you can check out below. And yes, that is Beyonce as Simba's love interest, Nala.
There are so many names to be excited about here from Seth Rogen as the wisecracking Pumbaa to Jordan Peele's regular cohort Keegan Michael-Key as Kamari. Even so it's the prospect of 12 Years a Slave Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor bringing his dulcet tones to the voice of baddie Scar that really intrigues – he will surely live up to the memory of Jeremy Irons' menacing interpretation.
With composer Hans Zimmer also returning to the Disney territory that won him an Oscar, here's the official synopsis for the movie:
From Disney Live Action, 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, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.
Conceived as a mixture of live-action and cutting-edge CGI in the manner of Favreau's The Jungle Book, The Lion King will hit the big screen on 19th July 2019.
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