But it looks and sounds so very familiar...
The first trailer for the forthcoming remake of The Lion King has arrived – but it’s already splitting movie fans right down the middle.
Disney’s CGI-driven remake of the classic 1994 animated film is slated for release on July 19, 2019. An all-star voice cast has been assembled for the movie, including Donald Glover as adult Simba and Beyoncé as adult Nala.
The first teaser trailer for the new Lion King movie dropped last night (November 22). Narrated by James Earl Jones – who is reprising his role as Mufasa – the clip sweeps across the familiar African plains as the sun rises to give a glimpse of how the film’s original story has been brought to life in glistening CGI form.
The teaser doesn’t offer a look at either Glover or Beyoncé’s characters – although baby Simba, of course, is revealed to be the focus as he is proudly displayed to the kingdom by Rafiki while the opening bars of ‘Circle of Life’ ring out.
But while there’s been a lot of nostalgic love for this first look at Disney’s new adaptation of The Lion King, some people aren’t so sure.
Posting on Twitter, one person wrote: “That Lion King remake trailer is laughably bad in my opinion. CG looks awful. I skipped the Beauty and the Beast remake and [am] definitely boycotting any future ones. When it comes to live action, stick to Broadway.”
Another didn’t hold back, suggesting rather cruelly that “somebody needs to be strung up by their tender bits for this garbage.”
But there was some serious excitement about the trailer, too.
The Lion King will also feature the voices of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and many more. The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is on board to direct.
John also revealed that he would be returning to the studio with his original Lion King collaborator Tim Rice to write and record a brand new song for the new film’s end credits.