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Disney has released a Fresh Full Scale trailer for The Lion King — from director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) — which Attempts to establish a grittier tone and feel for Its photorealistic CGI remake of its 1994 hit animated film of the same Title.

That is why it opens with a foreboding voice-over in the villain Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor), who chastises his youthful nephew Simba and then threatens him with his minion pack of hyenas. The web hasn’t taken kindly to Scar’s new scruffy, dishevelled look, which is in stark contrast with his first more regal look. Sure, it is more realistic but it’s not as if fans were actively advocating for that.

The new Lion King trailer then transforms to a more optimistic equipment, as Simba’s father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), explains the delicate balance of life in nature and the responsibility of a”true king”. Alongside, there are glimpses of the hornbill Zazu (John Oliver) and the mandrill Rafiki (John Kani), the wildebeest incident that causes Mufasa’s death (wait, is that a spoiler?) , Scar telling Simba to”run away without return”, Simba growing up together with all the meerkat Timon (Billy Eichner) and warthog Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), and a grown-up Simba (Donald Glover) reuniting with his childhood best friend Nala (Beyoncé), who also functions as his love interest. The trailer finishes with Timon and Pumbaa doing what they do best: singing and dance.

Notably, the only dialogue from the trailer comes from Scar and Mufasa, while the rest of the CGI creatures simply reveal their faces. In addition to Ejiofor, Jones, Oliver, Kani, Eichner, Rogen, Glover, and Beyoncé, the voice cast of The Lion King also contains Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, Amy Sedaris as an undercover elephant shrew (an original character), and Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, and Keegan-Michael Key as the hyenas Shenzi, Azizi, and Kamari.

Even though Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book was a live-action movie to some degree, The Lion King movie isn’t a live-action film in any way, actually. There are no people in this story and hence, it only uses just the computer-generated photorealistic animation techniques used on The Jungle Book. Favreau is also famous for directing Iron Man, and is the creator of the forthcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

The Lion King is slated to release July 19, 2019 in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.


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