New Trailer For ‘The Lion King’ Roars
Walt Disney Pictures

All hail the king. The Lion King that is.

A new trailer was released Wednesday for Disney’s forthcoming The Lion King, set to hit theaters July 19.

Directed by Jon Favreau, whose credits include The Jungle Book and Iron Man, the star-studded live action film uses pioneering motion capture technology to bring the iconic characters to the big screen again–but in a different 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, The Lion King traverses the African savanna to tell the story of future king Simba, who idolizes his father King Mufasa, but eventually meets his own destiny. Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key and Florence Kasumba are also featured in the cast.

The new adaptation promises to stay true to the classic story, which dates back to the 1994 animated film musical that became a worldwide phenomenon. That film also spawned a record-breaking Broadway musical and theme park attractions.

The first trailer for Disney’s The Lion King debuted over Thanksgiving weekend last year and was viewed 224.6 million times within 24 hours, becoming the then-second most viewed trailer in that time period.


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