The Lion King: First Teaser For Jon Favreau’s New Version

The Lion King (2019)

by James White |
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Ever since it was announced, there has been a mixture of consternation and anticipation surrounding Jungle Book director Jon Favreau's updated version of The Lion King. Could his CG critter-driven version truly live up to the legacy of the original? From the first footage on display here, he's certainly brought an impressive visual palette.

There are several touchstones from the original to be found here – mostly notably narration from James Earl Jones' Mufasa (because only the original Mufasa will suffice) and the call for the animals to meet the new young 'un Simba.

There is a lot at stake here, but this initial look at the film certainly promises a lot of confidence.

The Lion King (2019) poster

The voice cast here also includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, Billy Eichner and John Oliver. The Lion King will be out on 19 July next year.

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