The first trailer of The Lion King, Disney's long-awaited live-action remake of his beloved animation, has been released. The teaser debuted on American television during an advertising break in the NFL's Thanksgiving game.
The film, which will debut in July 2019, is the latest CGI transfer from director Jon Favreau, whose remake of The Jungle Book in 2016 won an Oscar for its visual effects and took almost $ 1 billion to the worldwide box office.
A similar approach seems to have been adopted by The Lion King, with a meticulous take of movements of big cats that ride on the sunlit plains.
The Disney cartoon of 1994 is the ninth highest-grossing animated film of all time, and won many accolades for his score of Elton John and Tim Rice. He also created a stage musical that is still running in New York and London. Including global productions, the show has been seen by an estimated 95 million people.
James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in 1994, returns in the same role for this remake, along with Donald Glover (as Simba), Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Scar), Seth Rogen (as the wild boar Pumbaa) and Naz).
The Lion King is among nearly a dozen major titles that Disney plans to launch next year, including Tim Burton's real-action Dumbo, the sequels to Frozen and Toy Story, and new installments of the Avengers and Star Wars franchises.