The Lion King Just Dropped A Full-Length Trailer And Now We Can't Wait To See It
When it comes to the Disney classics, The Lion King is the cream of the crop. It's long been considered one of the most popular films of all time and the death of Mufasa still haunts many a 20 to 30-year-old today. And whilst a number of live-action remakes from the Disney canon have received mixed reviews, anticipation for the adaptation of the 1994 film was far from being lukewarm.
Earlier this year, fans were given a first look at the upcoming remake of The Lion King last week with a teaser trailer recreating the opening scene of the original. Narrated by James Earl Jones - who is reprising his role as Mufasa in the original - the familiar baritone sounds as the camera sweeps over the African plains. With glistening CGI, the original is brought to life as Rafiki (John Kani) introduces the future king, Simba (Donald Glover), to the animals of the African savannah. The famous "everything the light touches" speech was all it took for goosebumps to cover the skin of those watching.
Even with the brief glimpse into the CGI remake, it seemed all of us were eager for more. In just 24 hours of the first trailer release, the video racked up a massive 224.6 million global views online, becoming the most-viewed Disney trailer debut ever. The teaser also become the second-most viewed trailer from any studio of all time, coming second only to the debut of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War's trailer, which scored 230 million views in its first 24 hours.
Now, they've released a full length trailer. And as we expected, it has all of the feels. Essentially a chopped down version of the opening of the original film, it's rendered in extreme photo-realistic detail that has us believing this will be quite an extraordinary film.
Taking to social media, Disney thanked fans for the support with a post that read: "To the entire pride: Thank you for helping the teaser trailer for #TheLionKing become the most-viewed Disney trailer debut ever as it reached a record-breaking 224.6 million global views in 24 hours!"
The star-studded cast also features Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as comedic duo Timon and Pumbaa. The remake will be directed by Jon Favreau, who brought The Jungle Book to life in live-action form, and will also see Sir Elton John and Tim Rice return to work on the film's soundtrack which will include some of the original film's most popular tracks.
Earlier this year, Sir Elton John said of the project, "They need to have a new credits song. There's going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight', 'Hakuna Matata', 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King' and 'Circle of Life'."
He added, "There will be an end, closing song, and we've been speaking to Beyoncé's people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something.”
It's clear that Disney fans love nostalgia and if the success of the trailer is anything to go by, The Lion King could be set to be one of the most successful Disney movies ever. One thing is for certain: with this new remake, there's going to be a new generation of kids traumatised by Mufasa's death.
The film is touted for a release on July 19, 2019.