After months of speculation and amazing casting announcements, we finally got a sneak peek at the new, live-action Lion King remake. Of course, within days, the trailer smashed previous records and broke the internet. Here’s everything we know about Disney’s newest reboot.
Lion King‘s Record Breaking Trailer
Disney’s latest star-studded project, a remake of the Lion King, broke records when it’s first trailer was uploaded earlier this month. Within 24-hours, users viewed the trailer over 224 million times! It quickly became the second-most watched trailer, landing just behind Avengers: Infinity War‘s record (238 million views). Yes, Disney holds the record for both the two most watched movie trailers ever.
The trailer begins with Mufasa’s iconic line, “Everything the light touches is our kingdom – but a king’s time and ruler rises and falls like the sun.” Viewers quickly pointed out that the line was not the trailer’s only throwback reference. It seems like creators tried to match the framing, colors, and cinematography of the trailer to the original movie. Here are some comparisons, with frames from the new trailer alongside the original Lion King movie:
Voices Of Legends
The new Lion King is a reboot of the classic 1994 animation feature. This time around, it’s all about CGI, live-action, and plenty of super-famous voices. James Earl Jones took on Mufasa, while Donald Glover will voice his son, Simba. Beyonce voices Simba’s love, Nala, and John Oliver took on Zazu the bird, Mufasa’s aid. And as for Timon and Pumba – you’ll recognize the voices of Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen.
Some of the casting is a work of brilliance, like Glover and Oliver, while Beyonce’s part in it is just perfect. Seems like the studios wanted to cast the story appropriately, and the African-American cast perfectly fits the role.
Learning From Past Successes
This is just another in a long line of Disney’s reboots. Disney’s previous live-action remake of The Jungle Book was a hit, complete with the voices of legends like Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley. The movie made over $360 million in box offices worldwide and remained at the top of the chart for weeks. Does the world really need more live-action when the originals are just so, so good? It’s a fair question. But, with their box office debuts, its clear viewers are loving the Disney remakes.
Disney’s new Lion King will be out July 19, 2019. Watch the trailer below or view it on Youtube!