The anticipation of the deployment of live action adaptations of Disney can sometimes be lukewarm, but clearly not the case with "The Lion King".
The trailer of the next "live action" feature, which is really just a photorealistic animation, amassed 224.6 million visits worldwide in its first 24 hours, becoming the most watched Disney trailer in a day. In all the studios, it is the second most viewed teaser, behind "Avengers: Infinity War", which recorded 238 million visits.
Disney launched the teaser trailer on Thursday as part of the Thanksgiving football festivities, reproducing the opening scene of the beloved original 1994 animation film.
"Everything that touches the light is our kingdom", says Mufusa (James Earl Jones, repeating his role of the original) in a voiceover, while the camera travels the African desert.
In addition to Jones, the star-studded cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba Sarabi's mother, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba. JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and young Nala, respectively.
Jon Favreau, who also directed Disney's live-action / CGI hybrid version of "The Jungle Book" in 2016, is directing. It is the last live action remake of the studio, which was successful with "The Beauty and the Beast" last year and will also release new versions of "Dumbo", "Aladdin", "The Lady and the Tramp" and "Mulan" in the next years
The first recording of the long-awaited new version was shown last summer to fans in the D23. CinemaCon attendees also received a preview of the opening sequence earlier this year.
"The Lion King" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.