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.”
That “Lion King” remake trailer is laughably bad in my opinion. CG looks awful. I skipped the Beauty and the Beast remake and definitely boycotting any future ones. When it comes to live action stick to Broadway. pic.twitter.com/mxNQ2IPDLZ
— NathanDrake (@NathanD95473252) November 23, 2018
The Lion King cgi extravaganza with an overall awful cast? Who in the hell wanted this? Somebody needs to be strung up by their tender bits for this garbage.
— Josh Brown ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ (@gamesjunkie42) November 23, 2018
I have such mixed feelings about The Lion King remake. My favourite film in the entire world and I’m so concerned the new version is absolutely awful.
— Alex ✨ (@_sowrongitsalex) November 22, 2018
Is it just me or does anyone else think the CGI in these Disney remakes is going to age horribly?
Don't get me wrong, the new Lion King looks impressively detailed but we're definitely knee-deep in the uncanny valley. Beast from Beauty & the Beast looked awful from day one.
— Lux Noctis [W.I.P] – 83,660 words (@TheLuxNoctis) November 23, 2018
But there was some serious excitement about the trailer, too.
The Lion King 2019 teaser trailer is out and I can't wait to cry my lungs out next July.
GET HYPE PEOPLE AAAAA — feeling hyped
— Angel of Caffeine Scene (@iamsrestha) November 23, 2018
i had a big smile during the whole trailer, The Lion King is my favorite disney movie and one of my fav movies ever, i loved the jungle book from the same director, it was visually amazing so i can't wait to see this new incredible project
SIMBA ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/7xnWpka4Q7
— Michelle WilliamsFan (@mwfanofficial) November 23, 2018
The lion king trailer is so beautiful 😢 I can't wait to see the movie
— Paulyn (@PauTheMosFine) November 23, 2018
the lion king literally defines my childhood i can’t fuckin wait
— nikki  (@nbthealy) November 23, 2018
The trailer of The Lion King hit me right in the feels. I love the animated so much, I can’t wait to see the live action!!! (I know I am gonna cry but idc lol)
— 𝚋𝚕𝚞𝚎 𝚏𝚕𝚊𝚖𝚎 | Ryan (@_neooen_) November 23, 2018
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.