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The Teaser for Disney's Live Action 'Lion King' Looks Like a Really Expensive Nat Geo Special

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 23, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 23, 2018 |


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After the success of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, the live-action Jungle Book, the live-action Maleficent and the expected success of the upcoming live-action versions of Dumbo, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, or basically the entire Disney animated catalogue save for Treasure Planet, a live-action Lion King was all but inevitable. Now, the first teaser trailer is here, and it looks gorgeous. However, it’s not technically live-action — director Jon Favreau uses the same photorealistic computer-generated animation that he did in The Jungle Book and I think the whole thing was shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles.

But damn, it looks impressive.

The cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, BeyoncĂ© as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Seth Rogen, Keegan Michael-Key, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, and Aflre Woodward — among others — round out the cast. It opens on July 19, 2019.



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