Disney released the first full length trailer for The Lion KingJon Favreau brings the amazing African savanna to life in this live action version of the Disney classic. 

The trailer is everything you expect to see, beginning with Scar (Chiwetal Ejiofor) sharing some wisdom with Simba (Donald Glover). “Life’s not fair is it, my little friend. While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps.”

Mufasa (James Earl Jones) teaches Simba about the balance of the world “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.” He then tells Simba to take his place in the circle of life

We get to see Rafiki (John Kani), Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), and those pesky hyenas.  And the best part of all, Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner) singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”  The Lion King also features the voices of Alfrie Woodward and John Oliver.

I have to admit, I got really giddy when I saw Pumbaa and Timon signing their way through the jungle.  I enjoyed the original and was a little skeptical about this new version. But there was something pulling at my heart strings while watching this trailer. 

Watch the trailer below. 

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From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The Lion King debuts in theaters on July 19.





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